HonestGovernment

Historical or perfect for a park?

The big house on the hilly spur of Union Street overlooking Maple Canyon is now called the Truax House, but it should be called the **Edward A. Kavanagh** (also spelled Kavanaugh) **House**. It's original address, in 1912/1913, was 2511 Union; by 1914, the new owner, Kavanagh, used the address 2515 Union ([Historic City Directories][1]). Today you can see on the house's right front pillar the last three house numbers, "513," that were used for the address, "2513 Union," in the last years that anyone lived there. The house was built on a lot that was originally platted out in Pueblo Lot 1135, part of the subsequent Horton's Addition in the 1800s. [Kavanagh petitioned][2] to build the house in in mid-1912; in these same historical minutes the San Diego City Council also approved grading, sidewalks, and curbs for Union Street between Ivy and Laurel. Kavanagh was a wealthy entrepreneur who was one of four men who filed for incorporation of the [Whiting-Mead Commercial Company][3], which became the San Diego branch of a Los Angeles giant in the building industry. Kavanagh sold the house between 1919 and 1920, to an older, wealthy Calexico stock breeder/rancher, Thomas B. Owen. In 1922, the house was the residence of the newly married son of former San Diego Democratic Mayor, James E. Wadham, James E. Wadham, Jr. Mayor Wadham was quite an interesting character but not a particularly brave one, when it came to [standing up to local vigilantes][4]. Mayor Wadham advised activists Emma Goldman and Ben Reitman to leave town, as he couldn't protect them from the vigilantes or the police during protests against San Diego's rather amazing ordinance against any kind of public demonstration. The house still stands, with it's ghosts, and looks in pretty good shape. The inside would be interesting to examine, given that Kavanagh had access to all of the best building materials and modern home conveniences, through his Whiting-Mead company. What a shame to tear it down. [1]: http://www.sandiegoyesterday.com/?tag=city-dire... [2]: http://www.sandiego.gov/digitalarchives/pdf/his... [3]: https://books.google.com/books?id=Vm4UAAAAYAAJ&... [4]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_E._Wadham
— January 13, 2016 1:08 p.m.

Owls and emotions in South Park canyon

"Portions of it are popular among joggers, hikers, and dog-walkers." Well, not really. The 50x100-foot parcel beyond Kipperman's rear property line and chain-link fence is a ravine; it and the other four parcels south of it are buildable with grading, but not easily usable or enjoyed by anyone as of now (except for the 1800-block Granada property owners, who enjoy not having rear neighbors). The unpaved segment of 28th Street, west of the ravine lots and bordering Park land, is what gets the foot traffic (see photo). Like the Granada lots and all other lots in South Park, these five lots were first mapped out in the early 1900s, based on the early San Diego Pueblo Lots offered for sale by the city to investors in the 1800s, after California was granted statehood and San Diego was handed over by Mexico to the US. As usual, early land investors promoted the sale of lots by creating parcel maps that were drawn up without the benefit of a surveyor. All over South Park, there are mapped lots on slopes and ravines. Some are built, some aren't. Some have been declared Open Space by the city (such as along the 1800-block of Bancroft, on Juniper Canyon). Just north of Kipperman, on the other side of Fir, the ravine has a very nice house and outdoor area. I can relate to a Granada resident not wanting the new property owner to build on the lots behind Granada, but it's important to not exaggerate the facts. This isn't about preserving open space or protecting a canyon or owls. There are owls and all sorts of birds and critters in every tree, yard, ravine, and canyon in South Park. The only thing endangered here is the privacy and status quo of the Granada property owners. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2015...
— December 24, 2015 12:42 p.m.

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