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Dude, Your Car Was Stolen

A resident of the Barcelona apartment complex on Juniper Street returned home after a weekend away to find her 1994 Acura Integra stolen. The theft occurred sometime between Thursday morning, March 5, and Sunday evening ...

Over It

Other than the thundering sounds of gigantic planes overhead, residents of Banker’s Hill live fairly peaceful lives. But on a recent Friday at approximately 11 p.m., the raised voices of two young men echoed between ...

Firehouse Swing Dance Video

Swing Dance Performance from the Bal-Swing-Boogie Bugs at the Firehouse Swing Dance 10-year Anniversary Party, December 10, 2008.

Ping-Pong Park

In the midtown community of Banker's Hill, a convertible Mercedes drives down Olive Street straight through the intersection with Third Avenue and onto a narrow paved driveway. The car coasts past a wooden sign displaying ...

Intensity in Banker's Hill?

There were two parties I missed that I was bummed about. These guys that throw an annual jet-ski party called me afterward and said that they got around the beach booze ban by drinking out ...

Banker's Hill Stroll

With two steep ravines spanned by quaint footbridges, scores of well-kept, historically significant homes, and mature landscaping, Banker’s Hill is a monument to the elegance of the past. The work of early-century architects Irving Gill, ...

Hillcrest VS High Rises — Judgement Day

Over 50 residents of Hillcrest, Mission Hills, and Banker's Hill attended the July 8 San Diego City Council meeting. They waved five-inch, fluorescent green signs that on one side read "IHO," the other, "YES." Their ...

Horizon Park Chapel

A cluster of the homeless was encamped across the street from the church, sitting on the narrow strip of lawn between the Sixth Avenue sidewalk and the hillslope leading up into Balboa Park. Inside, the ...

High-Class Grub

"Lamby joes. No question. You get two. They're so tasty. Shall we go for that?"

Circus Freaks Welcome

Circus Freaks Welcome Amanda Schendel, 25, says she and her college buddy Heather Adams, 23, throw "sweaty, dark, raging parties that last far beyond 2 a.m." at their underground party palace in Banker's Hill. "We ...

First Church of Christ, Scientist

"In atmosphere of love divine/ We live and move and breathe/ Though mortal eyes may see it not/ 'Tis sense that would deceive./ The mortal sense we must destroy/ If we would bring to light/ ...

We're on Vacation, Here to Play. Don't Let Facts Get in Our Way.

Playing tourist in San Diego.

I had taken eight or nine guided tours of San Diego in two weeks when a friend asked if I was tired of sightseeing. I had to say no. Being out on buses and boats ...

Stroll through Maple Canyon in Banker's Hill, and escape from the city while in the city.

San Diego's picturesque "canyons" -- the narrow ravines slashing into the city's elevated plateaus ("mesas") that overlook the bay and the ocean -- number in the dozens. The so-called mesas are actually marine terraces, the ...

Runway Hair

“These girls are a real eyesore. I have to live with it, every day.”

Vajrarupini Buddhist Center

"People are Karma-producing machines. That is all we do and all we have ever been doing," said Jeff Goin, a resident teacher at Vajrarupini Buddhist Center. Karma is the belief that for every action there ...

By bicycle or by foot, discover the charms of San Diego's distinctive Mission Hills and Banker's Hill neighborhoods.

You can explore two of San Diego's most beautiful old neighborhoods -- Mission Hills and Banker's Hill -- on the seven-mile, self-propelled tour outlined here. We'll define "self propelled" as walking, jogging, or bicycle riding. ...

Ghost Crowd

“There’s something about it. The old feel, not dressed up, real. Neighborly. Could be back in Queens.”

Largely white Bankers Hill

Bankers Hill. The name has a regal sound to it. Bankers Hill has been called "Pill Hill" for its many doctors' offices and "Gill Hill" for Irving Gill, who built the historic residences that grace ...

What Insiders Eat

Restaurant staff gab and gobble.

Food = joy…guilt…anger…pain…nurturing… friendship…hatred…the way you look and feel.… Food = everything you can imagine. —Susan Powter Tim Klepeis, the chef at Adams Avenue Grill, spoke hesitatingly at first. “I think the greatest reward is ...

Best of 2003: Best Community Garden

Juniper-Front Community Garden Front Street, between Ivy and Juniper, Banker's Hill 619-276-9224 There are several neighborhoods in the downtown area that offer plots of land in community gardens. Among these, the Juniper-Front Community Garden in ...

Best of 2003: Best New Barroom Rock

Cherrybomb 2237 First Avenue, Banker's Hill 619-544-1173 There's been a recent spate of neighborhood barrooms opening up their modest floors to live bands, but early in 2002 it was Sondra and Josh, proprietors of Cherrybomb ...

Best of 2003: Best Murder And A Meal

The Mystery Café Imperial House Restaurant 505 Kalmia Street, Banker's Hill www.mysterycafe.net 619-544-1600 Mystery Café is San Diego's longest running dinner theater. Patrons are seated by 8 p.m. and then dinner is served with a ...

Best of 2003: Best Place To Watch Airplanes As You Eat

Bertrand at Mr. A's 2550 Fifth Avenue (12th floor), Banker's Hill 619-239-1377 The room is civilized and comfortable. The staff strikes just the right balance between friendliness and professionalism. The food is delicious. But up ...

Best of 2003: Best British Pub

Speakers' Corner British Pub & Grill 2664 Fifth Avenue, Banker's Hill 619-232-5456 Come on a Friday night, when English, Scots, Irish, Aussies, and Kiwis turn this place into a piece of Blighty (England) with their ...

Best of 2001: Best Bridge

Spruce Street Suspension Bridge Between Brant and Frost Streets, Banker's Hill Built in 1912, this pedestrian bridge is suspended 70 feet above what Banker's Hill locals call Arroyo Canyon. It was designed by former San ...

Best of 2001: Best Place To Hear New Music

Spruce Street Forum 301 Spruce Street, Banker's Hill www.sprucestreetforum.com 619-295-0301 or 619-297-3531 Musicians with big names in new music play here from September to June. The space is warmly lit, with cream-colored walls and large ...

Best of 2001: Best Indian Breakfasts

Jimmy Carter's 3172 Fifth Avenue (at Spruce), Banker's Hill 619-295-2070 Who'd guess you'd find Indian breakfasts in a down-home corner café in one of the town's oldest neighborhoods? What happened was that Jimmy Carter (no, ...

Best of 2001: Best Urban Hike

Maple Canyon Park, Banker's Hill Maple Canyon Park begins at Thorn Street (between Third and Fourth Avenues) and dumps directly onto West Maple. The trail that runs along the bottom of the canyon makes for ...

Best of 2000: Best Place To Drink The Most Powerful (Polish) Beer In San Diego

Cottage Café 2321 Fifth Avenue, Banker's Hill (619) 696-0071 Your standard lite beer has 4.5 percent alcohol by volume and tastes like lemonade without the sugar, right? Then you drop into a Polish café. "You ...

Best of 2000: Best Place For Super-Rich Gateaux

Extraordinary Desserts 2929 Fifth Avenue, Park West (619) 294-7001 Feels like Aladdin's cave, and owner Karen Krasne is its genie. Her magic is her shamelessness. This lady goes all out, hitting your senses of smell, ...

Best of 2000: Best Duck Confit

Laurel Restaurant 505 Laurel Street, Banker's Hill (619) 239-2222 In France, duck confit is prepared in the time-honored tradition of removing the duck fat, rendering it, and then placing the fat in a deep crock. ...

Best of 2000: Best Barroom Pool

The Board Room 2237 First Avenue, Banker's Hill (619) 544-1173 Here's a universal truth (widely accepted myth?): the more you drink, the better you shoot pool. It's a confidence thing -- who cares if it's ...

Best of 2000: Best New Restaurant

Bertrand at Mister A's 2550 Fifth Avenue, 12th floor, Park West (619) 239-1377 The full name is Bertrand at Mister A's, and because of the president's recent visit, the restaurant has been catapulted to instant ...

Best of 2000: Best Murder And A Meal

The Mystery Cafe Imperial House Restaurant, 505 Kalmia Street, Park West (619) 544-1600 Since 1990, comic murder mysteries and delicious four-course meals have been served up every weekend by the suspects themselves at this popular ...

Early San Diego Architecture in Bankers Hill

A stroll through Banker's Hill serves up some early San Diego architecture and includes a passage across a historic suspension bridge

With two steep ravines spanned by quaint footbridges, scores of well-kept, historically significant homes, and mature landscaping, Banker's Hill is a monument to the elegance of the past. The work of early-century architects Irving Gill, ...

The Mystery of the Putnam Sisters

Amy, Anne, and Irene. “If anyone tells you they knew them, they’re lying,” one longtime San Diegan says, when asked about the late Putnam sisters. The wealthy, reclusive spinsters went to and from their Hillcrest ...

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