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Rolando – narrow streets, gentle curves

Secret steps, elementary school cut, 54th Street shortcut, mini-dorms, catwalks, speeders

Car traveling down 58th Street, near the Meade intersection
Car traveling down 58th Street, near the Meade intersection
  • Discover the "secret" steps and stairways of La Mesa and Rolando

  • Some local stairways climb the palisades on the bay side of Point Loma, and others spill down the canyon slopes of Hillcrest. Noteworthy steps can also be found in the Rolando neighborhood south of SDSU and on the hillside neighborhood south of downtown La Mesa known by some as Windsor Hills.
  • By Jerry Schad, July 20, 2000
  • Rolando

  • A sense of humanity pervades this little community on San Diego’s eastern fringe. Though the name Rolando has come to include everything between College Avenue to the west, El Cajon Boulevard to the north, the city of La Mesa to the east, and University Avenue to the south, the original neighborhood is the eight to ten blocks centered around the four-way-stop intersection of Solita Avenue and Rolando Boulevard.
  • By Ernie Grimm, Dec. 24, 2003
I imagine that G. R. Daley and the other men who constructed Rolando wanted to build a neighborhood that reflected that new sense of national joy. If so, they succeeded.
  • Squawk Like a Hawk

  • Last November Rolando Park residents formed the Rolando Park Community Council to address concerns such as stop signs and red curbs on their streets. Now the council's top priority is to fight the possible loss of a neighborhood school. Due to declining enrollments throughout the district, San Diego City Schools in early June selected Rolando Park Elementary School, along with two other schools, for possible closure in 2005.
  • By Joe Deegan, Aug. 26, 2004
  • Shortcuts: 54th Street

  • In order to get from North Park to Rolando, I use Lincoln Ave. until Boundary Dr. north to Howard, which becomes Orange Ave. to 54th St. After that there are a number of zigzag streets around Crawford High to get to Adelaide Ave. and College Blvd.
  • By Joseph O'Brien, Feb. 3, 2011
  • Councilmember got on Rolando catwalk project long ago

  • City Councilmember Georgette Gomez — called out by Michael Turko for not participating in his stories on the need to repair Rolando’s “catwalk” walkways — didn’t want to appear to take credit for other people’s efforts, a staff member told the area’s planning group on Wednesday (January 10th).
  • By Marty Graham, Jan. 12, 2018
Red arrows indicate the catwalk that leads from Lorca Drive to Bonillo Drive
  • San Diego sides with Carmel Partners in Rolando project

  • The Boulevard at 63rd, formerly known as Centrepoint Luxury Apartments from developer Carmel Partners, has been at the center of a controversy that so far has resulted in an administrative hold on construction, a lawsuit from the developer, and a settlement between the developer and city, which required a $150,000 payment for maintenance of a community park in exchange for permission to continue the project.
  • By Dorian Hargrove, Oct. 30, 2013
Members of a group calling itself Rolandans for Quality Infill Development protests the Boulevard at 63rd development being built in the background.
  • Kroc Center's soccer field to be finished in 2020

  • The soccer field at the Ray and Joan Kroc Center in Rolando will be on the roof of a new parking garage, with plans for the 23,000-square-foot project in the final approval stages. The Eastern Area Planning Committee gave the project its approval on January 10th.
  • By Marty Graham, Jan. 16, 2018
Kroc Center's 12.4-acre complex already has a soccer field (marked with an X) but not enough parking
  • Speeders' fun at Rolando intersection soon over

  • At 58th Street in Rolando, Meade Avenue is less than two blocks long and modestly sloped. But the rolling hills on 58th — coupled with poor visibility and unrestricted right-of-way — are creating danger for residents, who are now in the final stages of getting four-way stop signs at the intersection.
  • By Marty Graham, Jan. 16, 2018
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Car traveling down 58th Street, near the Meade intersection
Car traveling down 58th Street, near the Meade intersection
  • Discover the "secret" steps and stairways of La Mesa and Rolando

  • Some local stairways climb the palisades on the bay side of Point Loma, and others spill down the canyon slopes of Hillcrest. Noteworthy steps can also be found in the Rolando neighborhood south of SDSU and on the hillside neighborhood south of downtown La Mesa known by some as Windsor Hills.
  • By Jerry Schad, July 20, 2000
  • Rolando

  • A sense of humanity pervades this little community on San Diego’s eastern fringe. Though the name Rolando has come to include everything between College Avenue to the west, El Cajon Boulevard to the north, the city of La Mesa to the east, and University Avenue to the south, the original neighborhood is the eight to ten blocks centered around the four-way-stop intersection of Solita Avenue and Rolando Boulevard.
  • By Ernie Grimm, Dec. 24, 2003
I imagine that G. R. Daley and the other men who constructed Rolando wanted to build a neighborhood that reflected that new sense of national joy. If so, they succeeded.
  • Squawk Like a Hawk

  • Last November Rolando Park residents formed the Rolando Park Community Council to address concerns such as stop signs and red curbs on their streets. Now the council's top priority is to fight the possible loss of a neighborhood school. Due to declining enrollments throughout the district, San Diego City Schools in early June selected Rolando Park Elementary School, along with two other schools, for possible closure in 2005.
  • By Joe Deegan, Aug. 26, 2004
  • Shortcuts: 54th Street

  • In order to get from North Park to Rolando, I use Lincoln Ave. until Boundary Dr. north to Howard, which becomes Orange Ave. to 54th St. After that there are a number of zigzag streets around Crawford High to get to Adelaide Ave. and College Blvd.
  • By Joseph O'Brien, Feb. 3, 2011
  • Councilmember got on Rolando catwalk project long ago

  • City Councilmember Georgette Gomez — called out by Michael Turko for not participating in his stories on the need to repair Rolando’s “catwalk” walkways — didn’t want to appear to take credit for other people’s efforts, a staff member told the area’s planning group on Wednesday (January 10th).
  • By Marty Graham, Jan. 12, 2018
Red arrows indicate the catwalk that leads from Lorca Drive to Bonillo Drive
  • San Diego sides with Carmel Partners in Rolando project

  • The Boulevard at 63rd, formerly known as Centrepoint Luxury Apartments from developer Carmel Partners, has been at the center of a controversy that so far has resulted in an administrative hold on construction, a lawsuit from the developer, and a settlement between the developer and city, which required a $150,000 payment for maintenance of a community park in exchange for permission to continue the project.
  • By Dorian Hargrove, Oct. 30, 2013
Members of a group calling itself Rolandans for Quality Infill Development protests the Boulevard at 63rd development being built in the background.
  • Kroc Center's soccer field to be finished in 2020

  • The soccer field at the Ray and Joan Kroc Center in Rolando will be on the roof of a new parking garage, with plans for the 23,000-square-foot project in the final approval stages. The Eastern Area Planning Committee gave the project its approval on January 10th.
  • By Marty Graham, Jan. 16, 2018
Kroc Center's 12.4-acre complex already has a soccer field (marked with an X) but not enough parking
  • Speeders' fun at Rolando intersection soon over

  • At 58th Street in Rolando, Meade Avenue is less than two blocks long and modestly sloped. But the rolling hills on 58th — coupled with poor visibility and unrestricted right-of-way — are creating danger for residents, who are now in the final stages of getting four-way stop signs at the intersection.
  • By Marty Graham, Jan. 16, 2018
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