Solana Beach street makeover gives rise to ‘Cedros South’

Staff Writer

The area of the Cedros Design District from Rosa Avenue southward is letting its identity shine — makeover style.

The 14 retailers of the mini-district have banded together to create “Cedros South” and completely change the façade of that end of Cedros Avenue. Not only will they be installing new crosswalks, sculptures and photographic banners, but they are adding a number of features to enhance the visitor experience: bike parking, new lighting facilities, dog watering stations and sitting areas, to name a few.

The changes are drastic and fast-moving, said Cedros Avenue Design District Association spokesman Sean MacLeod. Merchants thought up the idea only five months ago, and improvements are expected to be complete in two months, culminating with an open house event on Oct. 15 — which will be a “big, lovely party,” said MacLeod.

“We have such a wonderful community of friends and merchants at the south end. We would get together and have wine and cheese amongst ourselves, and one day I said ‘Hey, we ought to take this idea further and highlight our unique identity,’” said MacLeod.

He added that the Cedros South area is not trying to compete with or break away from the rest of the district.
“We are one big happy family on the whole avenue, but if people respond to ‘South Village,’ they’re going to come to Cedros anyway,” he said. “We are just enhancing one part of the street.”

The merchants are particularly excited about the installation of a large sculpture called “Love My Bike,” by Amos Robinson. Currently a prized possession of Manhattan Beach, the sculpture will be relocated to Cedros Avenue and soon adorn the entrance of Cedros South.

“The artist knows Cedros and grasps our vision,” MacLeod said.
MacLoad said the South Cedros facelift will not only solidify and give a name to the identity that already exists past Rosa Avenue, but it will also highlight the fashion and art-oriented merchants who reside there.

“There are some fascinating people down there,” he said.

Related posts:

  1. Street performers enliven Cedros district
  2. Cedros Avenue Design District: An eclectic, hip community focal point
  3. Tough times pave way for changes in Cedros efforts
  4. Solana Beach’s Cedros Avenue hit hardest by recession
  5. Carnivale lights up Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach

Short URL:

Posted by Lorine Wright on Aug 3, 2011. Filed under Del Mar, News, Solana Beach. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply



Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6





  • Rancho Santa Fe water district director resigns after qualifying for ballot
    An announcement by John Ingalls, a 12-year veteran of the Santa Fe Irrigation District board, that he would immediately step down from his seat and not seek a fourth term, means that none of the three open seats on the panel will be contested at the voting booth this November. Ingalls, a Rancho Santa Fe resident who had filed his papers to run for a fourth t […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe resident among seven new trustees joining UC San Diego Foundation Board
    Proactive stewards, higher education advocates and expert financial strategists, UC San Diego Foundation trustees play an important role in cultivating community partnerships and garnering resources to support UC San Diego research, teaching and public service initiatives. Trustees govern the Foundation, including managing net assets totaling $717 million, i […]
  • Rancho Fire District to recognize Fire Prevention Week with two events
    National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 5-11, and the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) will host two community events to recognize the annual awareness campaign. The first will be an Open House from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 4 at RSF Fire Station 2, 16930 Four Gee Road in 4S Ranch. Guests will be able to tour the fire station and traini […]