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Turning back time

Posted: February 26th, 2016 | Communities, Feature, From the Cover, News, Top Story | 3 Comments

Uptown Planners reject January revisions to community plan update, support old version

By Ken Williams | Editor

The Uptown Planners have gone “back to the future” by turning down the January revisions to the Uptown Community Plan update and directing city planners to return to the June 2015 version.

The volunteer group voted 11-2, with one abstention, on Feb. 16 to reject the latest revisions to the Land Use Element, which encouraged higher density along Uptown’s major transit corridors: Park Boulevard, Washington Street, University Avenue, and Fourth, Fifth and Sixth avenues. Six bus lines provide service to those areas.

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War on skin cancer

Posted: February 12th, 2016 | Feature, From the Cover, Top Story | No Comments

Former SEAL creates line of camouflage face paint laden with sunscreen

By Margie M. Palmer

The U.S. military has traditionally paid close attention to combat gear such as weaponry and body armor for its elite fighting forces, but for years, it has overlooked a basic but very important piece of equipment — camouflage face paint.

Former Navy SEAL Nick Norris is working to change that.

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Affordable housing

Posted: January 15th, 2016 | Communities, Feature, From the Cover, News, Top Story | 6 Comments

Is the city about to get serious about the problem?

By Dave Schwab

Though it’s no longer an “emergency” the City Council reaffirms every month, the lack of affordable housing in Uptown, Mid-City, Mission Valley and throughout San Diego remains a serious problem community leaders continue to grapple with.

“We’re no longer declaring once a month that there’s an affordable housing emergency, because we realized doing that was symbolic and wasn’t really accomplishing anything,” said District 3 Councilman Todd Gloria, who represents much of Uptown and Downtown. “The council and the city are very much committed to [resolving] this issue. We have some big things planned for addressing this this calendar year, though there is a substantial amount of work to be done.”

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Top read stories of 2015

Posted: January 1st, 2016 | Communities, Feature, From the Cover, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

Which stories piqued the most interest by San Diego Uptown News readers in 2015? Although we can’t accurately measure the print readership, we get a clear snapshot of reader interest from Google Analytics, which tracks the number of views online at So here are 14 most-read stories that engaged our readers over the past year.

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The death of Antique Row

Posted: December 18th, 2015 | Adams Avenue, Feature, From the Cover, Top Story | 2 Comments

Gentrification is changing Adams Avenue

By María José Durán

A jagged crack runs down the wall of STUFF Furniture Consignment Shop all the way to its back door, jeopardizing the stability of the whole building. Scott Harring, owner of the store and tenant of the premises, stares at it with sadness showing on his face.

“This negligence is the reason why I am getting tossed out of Adams Avenue,” he said, pointing at the cracks. The second-to-last antique furniture store that stands on Antique Row will close its doors forever at this site on Sunday, Dec. 20.

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The Boulevard is back!

Posted: December 4th, 2015 | Communities, Feature, From the Cover, Top Story | 3 Comments

Once king of the road, El Cajon Boulevard enjoying a renaissance

By Dave Schwab

Like a coach who works with players individually to bring out their best talents rather than forcing them to fit into a prescribed system, the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association is collaborating with residents and businesses in San Diego’s most diverse neighborhoods to find innovative ways to resurrect El Cajon Boulevard.

The idea is to return “The Boulevard” to its past glory

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Finding their niche

Posted: November 20th, 2015 | Feature, From the Cover, North Park, Pets, Top Story | No Comments

North Park photographers love working with pets

By Lucia Viti

Oh My Dog! Photography — a pet photography studio on Ray Street in North Park — is an expression of art designed to adorn the walls of aficionados who adore their animals.

The furry-friendly studio provides four-legged family members a safe and distraction-free environment to photograph forever keepsakes, and was established in 2008 by veteran photographers and husband-and-wife team Mike Fish and Tee Taylor.

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Don’t feed the homeless!

Posted: November 6th, 2015 | Feature, From the Cover, News, Top Story | 3 Comments

How our compassion gets in the way of solutions

By Ken Williams | Editor

San Diegans, by and large, are a generous people who are genuinely concerned about helping the homeless. But advocates for solving homelessness in America’s Finest City have a seemingly shocking response to those of us who desire to feed and clothe the misfortunate people who are living on the streets.

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Transforming University Avenue in North Park

Posted: August 14th, 2015 | Feature, From the Cover, Hillcrest, News, North Park, Top Story | 7 Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

University Avenue through North is about to change dramatically now that the City Council has given the green light to transform the busy east-west thoroughfare into a street that will be friendlier to cars, buses, bicyclists and pedestrians.

The construction work — expected to begin in late 2016 or early 2017 — will stretch from Florida Street on the west end to Boundary Street on the east side, just before the Interstate 805 overpass.

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