University Heights Stories

Friends Are Like Jewels

I was walking my dog around University Heights and saw a party setting up at a house near Adams Avenue. I dropped my dog off and headed back over. I walked in and a few ...

Eerie Ease

Tough acts to follow. Welk Resorts Theatre begins The Andrews Brothers with video clips from the old USO Command Performance radio shows. Bob Hope jokes with Lana Turner. Young-ish Judy Garland sings an “Over the ...

Taking the Partner Out of Partnership

Like the sidewalks and streets that surround the city’s parking meters, the relationship between Uptown Partnership — the group responsible for addressing parking issues in Hillcrest, Banker’s Hill, and Mission Hills — and the residents ...

Meter Mythbusters

Michael Vogl, revenue collections manager for the city, blames the media for spreading false information about the mayor’s parking meter utilization plan. He says news outlets are unable to explain the detailed proposal in 30-second ...

The Big Fill

Residents of University Heights refer to the canyon underneath the Vermont Street Bridge (over Washington Street and near the onramp for Highway 163) as the “dead zone,” a trash-filled netherworld covered with dried-up palm fronds, ...

Life Cycle

Author: Susie Harris Neighborhood: University Heights Age: 63 Occupation: Retired Today I brought my glass and plastic bottles to the local recycling center. The building I live in has no provisions for pickup. The man ...

District Three Doppelgangers

The Hillcrest Town Council held a community forum on September 9, with District Three candidates Stephen Whitburn and Todd Gloria fielding questions from members of the community. The two candidates attempted to distinguish themselves and ...

The Job Pitch

A San Diego native, I was well aware of El Cajon Boulevard’s reputation long before I moved into my University Heights apartment. I barely raised an eyebrow the first morning I made my hike to ...

Park Terrace Project Proposed for Park and Polk

At the Uptown Planners Committee meeting on May 6th, Mark Freed of Landmark Development, pitched a proposal for a five story, 66 foot tall, mixed use building on the corner of Park Boulevard and Polk ...

Canyon Encampments Nuisance to Residents

In the canyon separating Washington Street and the 163 onramp in University Heights, a trail leads down to an intricate homeless encampment. The camp is small and well organized. On one side of the twenty-foot ...

Farm-Fresh French

At Farm House Café, chef-owner Olivier Bioteau claims to serve “rustic French cooking.” That he does — if you remember that France is a country where “rustic” and “sophisticated” aren’t contradictory terms. (Paris has no ...

USD Football Coach Makes Good

Watching the USC/Stanford game on Versus. The spread is 40 1/2 in most of Vegas, 41 at Stations. Over/under is 57 1/2 in Nevada, 58 on the Internet. It appears Stanford is not intimidated by ...

First Southern Baptist, University Heights

They aren't exactly stained-glass windows at The Fellowship. They're mosaics, made from thick shards of colored glass set in hardened sand, and they lay out salvation history through landscapes: creation, the flood, the parting of ...

Ostrich Heights

Hey, Matt: Where I live in University Heights there are signs everywhere on sidewalks, monuments, and such that say "University Heights" with an ostrich below. What's the deal with the ostrich? -- Dale in UH ...

I Own It

While delivering flyers in University Heights one day last spring, Mary Wendorf saw the tenants of an old home she admired moving out. They told her the house was to be torn down and a ...

The Swedenborgian Church of San Diego, University Heights

Denomination: Church of the New Jerusalem Address: 4144 Campus Avenue, University Heights Founded locally: 1883 Senior pastor: Reverend Carla Friedrich Congregation size: 22 active members Staff size: 1 Sunday school enrollment: no school, but an ...

Hyping University Heights

Hey, Guys: A few pitches for University Heights promotion... The business district runs between signs ("The Boulevard" to "Normal Heights"), about the last third of Park and the beginning of Adams: "Let's Go to Breakfast!" ...

Best of 2003: Best Place To Relive San Diego's Cable Car Days

Cable Car Café 1945 Adams Avenue, University Heights 619-291-8607 The Cable Car Café is the last remnant of San Diego's 1890s transportation system. Wall photos commemorate it, the subsequent electric trolleys, and Harvey Bentley's ostrich ...

Best of 2003: Best Persian Breakfast

Café Caspian Persian Eatery & Tearoom 4646 Park Boulevard, University Heights 619-298-2801 Two tiny rooms overflow with midnight blue cushions and eggshell blue walls and colorful cloths draped everywhere. Three samovars speak of the old ...

Best of 2003: Best Propane Station

Texas Street Ultramar 4616 Texas Street, University Heights 619-296-4913 The guys at Ultramar will fill your tank quickly for about $10 and check to see if the brass male is "tweaked." If it is, they'll ...

Best of 2001: Best Restored Storefront

Strip mall on the corner of Park Boulevard and El Cajon Boulevard, North Park/University Heights A two-show performance by pop singer Jewel months before the release of her first album was not enough to save ...

Best of 2000: Best Place To Partake In A Buddhist Tea Ceremony

Wellspring Tea Room 4538 Park Boulevard, University Heights (619) 298-2800 Outside, it's University Heights. Inside, you're thinking, "Taipei?" It's a world of rattan mats, Asian zithers, palapa roofs, blond-wood furniture, books on Buddhism, live bamboo, ...

Best of 2000: Best Scallop Burrito

El Zarape Mexican Restaurant 4642 Park Boulevard, University Heights (619) 692-1652 Never has a sack of food been so enticing. Plump scallops, tucked into a flour tortilla, luxuriate in a rich, creamy sauce. Just before ...

Best of 2000: Best Crème Brûlée

Adams Avenue Grill 2201 Adams Avenue, University Heights (619) 298-8440 When Julia Child visited San Diego recently, she announced that crème brûlée was a faddish food that didn't appeal to her. Yet it remains an ...

Best of 2000: Best Coffeehouse Venue For Traveling Minstrels

Twiggs Coffee & Tea 4590 Park Boulevard, University Heights (619) 296-0616 www.twiggs.org Besides home-baked treats and coffee straight-up, the small performance space adjacent to Twigg's Coffeehouse, dubbed "The Green Room," hosts local musicians along with ...

Best of 2000: Best Antiquing

Antique Row Adams Avenue Normal Heights/University Heights Memories of the Row: A magnificent Craftsman gumwood built-in sidebar, torn out when a house was torn down, full of doors and drawers, beveled glass and blond-wood presence. ...

Best of 2000: Most Seductive Online Lunch Menus

Adams Avenue Grill 2201 Adams Avenue, University Heights (619) 298-8440 adamsavenuegrill@home.com If the written word can seduce, prepare to get laid. The weekly e-mail come-on from the Adam's Avenue Grill is up there in evocative-land ...

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