Cover Stories

Kensington: the only real neighborhood in San Diego

Where a guy can paint his house the color of a taco stand.

Dino the dachshund and a Chihuahua/Brittany spaniel mix named Olivia walk through Kensington on a cool, clear afternoon. Behind them ambles Peter LaMontia. The trio head for Village Vino. Every one of Kensington’s restaurants features ...

San Diego's porn studios

Lights. Camera. Legal action.

The Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter wants to make you feel like a star. Adhered to the wall behind the front desk is a colorful photo looking out at a raucous crowd ...

I succumbed to Spanglish

Tijuana destroys both languages.

“Tengo que ir hacer laundry, then I have to study en la biblioteca,” I’m paraphrasing what the Latina students in my college sounded like. My first real encounter with Spanglish speakers was in Minnesota. Spanglish ...

Seahorse dreams: San Diego Bay's most elusive creature

Wake-up call to the Navy’s nighttime dredging operation.

She rose from afternoon slumbers with something pinching her tail. Three feet below the surface of San Diego Bay her equine head, crowned with a five-point coronet, poked through a blanket of eel grass. Alarm ...

Child of War: From Afghanistan to San Diego

Crazy gangster became a soldier at 17.

Sher Mohammad Haidari heard the radio crackle with Taliban chatter as the Army platoon he was with trudged through a valley in eastern Afghanistan looking for a U.S. soldier who had abandoned his post. The ...

Musicians, hippies, and travelers in Ocean Beach

Waves crash behind them

For some travelers, hope is the worst drug out there.

San Diego Guide to Holiday Fun

Even if yuletide music burns your cochlea on contact ... something for you

I read somewhere that the reason you’re sad around Christmastime is because it’s a reminder of what you’ve lost since childhood: the belief that the world is a magical place that is interested in your ...

Happy Trumpsgiving!

Who wants some crow?

SCENE: The Mencken dining room, Thanksgiving. In attendance are host Walter Mencken, English novelist Evelyn Waugh, writer and critic H.L. Mencken, Pogo Possum, Roman emperor Claudius, writer and humorist James Thurber, writer and agitator Hunter ...

Jacumba really is out here

Everything about it oozes mystery and intrigue.

Jacumba is at the epicenter of an ongoing struggle for economic revival tempered by a grassroots commitment to natural preservation.

Squid lids: lifeguards in winter

Foolish things we do keep lifeguards employed.

Tanned bodies, shimmering sand, and a touch of glamour. That’s the life of the lifeguard, right? But as I stand in the lifeguard tower just south of Casa Beach in La Jolla, the images of ...

What WikiLeaks reveals about San Diego

Burghers beg and badger big politicos.

Presidential politics is about the imperial exercise of power, but this year, agents from a much older empire have seemingly penetrated the deepest realms of America’s ruling establishment, scattering secrets both profound and embarrassing across ...

Beer 2016: A year in the can

Brewery boom...and bust

San Diego is on pace to add more than 20 new breweries in 2016, for the second year in a row, and there will likely be 135 by year’s end. Ten years ago there were ...

Unaffordable: Home price soar, salaries lag

Hot competition for a slice of the American pie.

The median price for a single-family home in San Diego County at the end of 2016’s first quarter, according to the California Association of Realtors, stood at just over $554,000. Assuming you’ve got access to ...

A road through your urban village

Quaint neighborhood vision disrupted

ON A HOT AUGUST AFTERNOON in Mission Valley, 47 men, women, and children stand on newly laid squares of sod at the temporary park inside San Diego’s largest mixed-use, environmentally sustainable communities, Civita. It sits ...

I Thought I Knew Mission Hills

A missed opportunity to call it Ninety Fathom Hills

I thought I knew Mission Hills. After all, I’ve eaten at a couple dozen restaurants there and can rattle off recommendations like a pro. I know there’s a library serving the neighborhood, but that a ...

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