Community Voices

Landmark of steel gets its plaque of bronze

By Katherine Hon | Past Matters

The words are now cast in bronze. In 1924, a riveted steel tank raised on 12 steel girders high above San Diego’s early streetcar suburbs held more than one million gallons of water for a growing city. Long recognized as a neighborhood icon, the University Heights Elevated Tank — commonly called the North Park Water Tower — was proclaimed a Local Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in a ceremony on Nov. 5, 2015.

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Grocery stores and piggies

Posted: October 23rd, 2015 | Columns, Community Voices, Featured | No Comments

By Katherine Hon Newspapers have been full of stories about the collapse of Haggen’s grocery store chain. The pundits who predicted Haggen’s abject failure at expansion are probably patting themselves on the back for being so accurate. But in the early 1900s, those who predicted the failure of an even bigger change in grocery store operations across the U.S. turned out to be totally wrong, and North Park was a big part of that story.

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Let’s go (way) back to school

Posted: September 25th, 2015 | Community Voices, News, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Katherine Hon

It’s September! If you’re a student, that means it’s time for new school supplies, new friends and new assignments. (And maybe some new clothes and shoes, which was always my favorite back-to-school ritual.) For the North Park Historical Society, it’s time for nostalgia about original school architecture and old school traditions. What better way to indulge in that ritual than to raid our photograph archives for community donated snapshots of days gone by?

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Making film history: A tribute to Joe Maestro

Posted: September 11th, 2015 | Communities, Community Voices, Featured, North Park | No Comments

By Pat Maestro It was 50 years ago Sept. 14, 1965, when my father passed away of a heart attack. He was only 52 years old. During his short life, he was a master carpenter who manufactured vegetable stands and automatic check-out stands for family-owned grocery stores. He did all the work in his shop behind our house at 4053 Idaho St. in North Park, where the family moved in 1945. He was very active […]

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