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The Kensington story

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Columns, Communities, Feature, HouseCalls, Kensington, Top Story | No Comments

By Michael Good | House Calls

For such a quiet, respectable community, Kensington has had its fair share of mystery and intrigue over the years.

Neighborhood lore has it that someone on Marlborough Drive forgot to mow his lawn back in 1952, and apparently more than one of those speakeasy doors you can still find in the middle of Kensington’s classic, solid Spanish entry portals actually was used to receive a liquor delivery, back in the Prohibition days. Whew! And then there was a trashcan mix-up a couple years back. A Mr. Jones rolled home a Mr. Smith’s much-better-maintained trashcan — supposedly by mistake. It was a real mess. A stink was raised. You get the idea.

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Bankers Hill Fall Festival is Oct. 21

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Bankers Hill, Communities, Featured | No Comments

By Colette Mauzeralle

The historic community of Bankers Hill will celebrate local businesses and the changing season with the second annual Bankers Hill Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1-5 p.m.

Designed to showcase Bankers Hill as a destination neighborhood, the fall festival is a walk-around event inviting all ages to explore and discover 10 blocks of Fifth and Fourth avenues.

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Finding his way

By Cynthia Robertson

Imagine that the Taliban is trying to find you in Afghanistan where you live so that they can murder you. Now imagine that you have to leave your friends, family and everything you know back in your homeland and move to another country. That is the reality for many of the interpreters in Afghanistan and Iraq who chose to help U.S. troops fight the enemy in their homeland.

Such is the case with South Park resident Noorullah Aziz, who moved to the United States two years ago. He is safe now, employed, and has made new friends, but his smile is slow. Every day he hopes for his family to be able to move out here soon.

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AIDS memorial site is selected

Posted: September 8th, 2017 | Bankers Hill, Communities, Featured, News | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

“There’s no place in San Diego to mourn our loved ones,” said an emotional Rory Curz, who described himself as a 25-year survivor of AIDS.

Curz said it was “incredibly important” to build a local AIDS memorial because history can easily be forgotten.

“I’ve seen more people die,” by the time Curz was 30, “as my parents did by age 50,” he added.

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‘Where’s Bankers Hill?’

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Bankers Hill, Communities, Featured | No Comments

By Leo Wilson

When you told someone you were from Bankers Hill a decade ago, they would often respond: “Where is Bankers Hill?” The reply would be something like “between Downtown and Hillcrest.” 

Now, if you mention Bankers Hill, people will respond how nice it is, and how lucky you are to live there. Bankers Hill has become one of San Diego’s pre-eminent neighborhoods.

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Still a hidden gem

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Bankers Hill, Communities, Featured | No Comments

By Colette Mauzeralle

The historic community of Bankers Hill remains a hidden gem among San Diego’s quickly growing neighborhoods. While the area initially earned its name by being home to the city’s early affluent residents, in recent years it has become a trove of new restaurants, boutiques, wellness centers and more.

Among the new commercial growth, visitors will also find architecturally notable houses from the late 19th century, sweeping views of San Diego Bay and two of San Diego’s historic pedestrian bridges: the swinging Spruce Street Suspension Bridge and the Quince Street Bridge, crossing high over the Maple Canyon Open Space Trail.

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Pricey fixer-upper

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Balboa Park, Communities, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

Fixing up long-neglected Balboa Park, San Diego’s crown jewel, will cost in excess of $140 million — a huge outlay of money that the city doesn’t have lying around in a rainy day fund.

Many of the park’s 33 buildings are plagued with leaky roofs, outdated electrical wiring and plumbing, inadequate heating and cooling, unrepairable fire-suppression systems, disintegrating sewers and a myriad of other problems. Important cultural facilities, including the San Diego Museum of Art and the San Diego Museum of Man, would sustain incalculable damage should an earthquake of 6.9 magnitude or greater strike on nearby Rose Canyon.

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