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Mira Mesa – what there is to love

Casa Mira View, Caltrans plans, local deer, temperature, large cylinders on hill, most wretched part of San Diego

“I think residents of Mira Mesa have something to be proud of." - Image by Robert Burroughs
“I think residents of Mira Mesa have something to be proud of."
  • Mira Mesa braces for mega population growth

  • The decades-old Vulcan mining operation on nearly 300 acres of Carroll Canyon will be a huge housing project if developers' lobbying efforts are successful. Bordered by Mira Mesa Boulevard, Miramar Road, Camino Santa Fe, and Black Mountain Road, the significant size of the proposed project is the topic of much community concern.The initial 2005 proposal for Stone Creek was for 9800 residential units.
  • By Julie Stalmer, Sept. 16, 2016
Carroll Canyon Road (gray line next to the green) will extend from I-805 to I-15.
  • Casa Mira View — city of villages or mecca for crime?

  • “It’s the next Pruitt-Igoe,” pronounced Patrick Dwyer, who’d just read a piece in the Union-Tribune. He was talking about Casa Mira View, the humongous apartment complex that has, over the past several years, overtaken the horizon just west of the 15 freeway where Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch collide. When Dwyer and others posted their online comments in early 2013, Casa Mira View had already been years in creation.
  • By Moss Gropen, July 29, 2015
Casa Mira View’s north-end phase two expansion
  • Mira Mesa Meets Caltrans

  • Granted, Mira Mesa needs traffic relief, especially for entering and exiting the I-15. But how does Caltrans justify a project that is likely to increase already dangerous traffic next to a local elementary school? The answer might be to enlist some in the community to do the heavy lifting.
  • By Joe Deegan, Feb. 4, 2009
  • Oh, Deer

  • On the streets that go through the canyons of Mira Mesa and Sorrento Mesa, you'll see yellow caution signs advising of deer. There used to be several herds there before Mira Mesa was built. Are there still really any deer left in these areas between 805 and 15? And thanks to the person(s) who each Christmas place red balloon noses on the deer signs.
  • -- Curious Ken, Cardiff by the Sea
  • By Matthew Alice, Aug. 19, 2004
  • Mira Mesa

  • I’ve lived in Mira Mesa all but 6 of my 34 years. I watched it grow from a community with one gas station, one grocery store, and the main street, Mira Mesa Boulevard, ending at Parkdale. The boulevard now goes from the I-15, past Parkdale, through Sorrento Valley to the 805. I remember the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which we walked to, since we lived around the corner.
  • By Josh Board, Dec. 24, 2003
Mira Mesa
  • What causes the 10 degree temperature change between Miramar Way and Mira Mesa Boulevard?

  • A while ago I was coming home from a job downtown, heading north on the 15. When I got to about Miramar Way, I noticed the temperature dropped what felt like ten degrees Then it seemed to warm up at about Mira Mesa Boulevard again. Other motorcycle riders have commented on this too. What might cause this?
  • -- Biker B, on the road
  • By Matthew Alice, July 19, 2001
  • What are the large cylinders for on top of the first hill north of Mira Mesa along the I-15?

  • There are these large cylinders on top of the first hill north of Mira Mesa along the I-15. I think that the same type of twin cylinders exist (because I've climbed up them) in Mission Trails Park on one high peak. There was air rushing in (I think) through a metal grate. Do these go straight to hell, or do we have some sort of underground shelter, tunnels, sewers, or what?
  • -- Gary, Linda Vista
  • By Matthew Alice, Aug. 31, 2000
  • San Diego's most wretched neighborhood

  • It is a bright, sunny Saturday afternoon in April and a small crowd has gathered in the Mira Mesa shopping center mall, the hub of a community that is as far from the consciousness of most San Diegans as it is from the core of the city. The shopping center is the scene of special events on weekends all year long. At various times there are flower displays, kids’ days, judo and karate demonstrations, and auto shows. But this afternoon is special; it is “I Love Mira Mesa Day.”
  • By Larry Keller, June 12, 1980
Mira Mesa’s problem is not just that there isn’t much for its kids to do....
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“I think residents of Mira Mesa have something to be proud of." - Image by Robert Burroughs
“I think residents of Mira Mesa have something to be proud of."
  • Mira Mesa braces for mega population growth

  • The decades-old Vulcan mining operation on nearly 300 acres of Carroll Canyon will be a huge housing project if developers' lobbying efforts are successful. Bordered by Mira Mesa Boulevard, Miramar Road, Camino Santa Fe, and Black Mountain Road, the significant size of the proposed project is the topic of much community concern.The initial 2005 proposal for Stone Creek was for 9800 residential units.
  • By Julie Stalmer, Sept. 16, 2016
Carroll Canyon Road (gray line next to the green) will extend from I-805 to I-15.
  • Casa Mira View — city of villages or mecca for crime?

  • “It’s the next Pruitt-Igoe,” pronounced Patrick Dwyer, who’d just read a piece in the Union-Tribune. He was talking about Casa Mira View, the humongous apartment complex that has, over the past several years, overtaken the horizon just west of the 15 freeway where Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch collide. When Dwyer and others posted their online comments in early 2013, Casa Mira View had already been years in creation.
  • By Moss Gropen, July 29, 2015
Casa Mira View’s north-end phase two expansion
  • Mira Mesa Meets Caltrans

  • Granted, Mira Mesa needs traffic relief, especially for entering and exiting the I-15. But how does Caltrans justify a project that is likely to increase already dangerous traffic next to a local elementary school? The answer might be to enlist some in the community to do the heavy lifting.
  • By Joe Deegan, Feb. 4, 2009
  • Oh, Deer

  • On the streets that go through the canyons of Mira Mesa and Sorrento Mesa, you'll see yellow caution signs advising of deer. There used to be several herds there before Mira Mesa was built. Are there still really any deer left in these areas between 805 and 15? And thanks to the person(s) who each Christmas place red balloon noses on the deer signs.
  • -- Curious Ken, Cardiff by the Sea
  • By Matthew Alice, Aug. 19, 2004
  • Mira Mesa

  • I’ve lived in Mira Mesa all but 6 of my 34 years. I watched it grow from a community with one gas station, one grocery store, and the main street, Mira Mesa Boulevard, ending at Parkdale. The boulevard now goes from the I-15, past Parkdale, through Sorrento Valley to the 805. I remember the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which we walked to, since we lived around the corner.
  • By Josh Board, Dec. 24, 2003
Mira Mesa
  • What causes the 10 degree temperature change between Miramar Way and Mira Mesa Boulevard?

  • A while ago I was coming home from a job downtown, heading north on the 15. When I got to about Miramar Way, I noticed the temperature dropped what felt like ten degrees Then it seemed to warm up at about Mira Mesa Boulevard again. Other motorcycle riders have commented on this too. What might cause this?
  • -- Biker B, on the road
  • By Matthew Alice, July 19, 2001
  • What are the large cylinders for on top of the first hill north of Mira Mesa along the I-15?

  • There are these large cylinders on top of the first hill north of Mira Mesa along the I-15. I think that the same type of twin cylinders exist (because I've climbed up them) in Mission Trails Park on one high peak. There was air rushing in (I think) through a metal grate. Do these go straight to hell, or do we have some sort of underground shelter, tunnels, sewers, or what?
  • -- Gary, Linda Vista
  • By Matthew Alice, Aug. 31, 2000
  • San Diego's most wretched neighborhood

  • It is a bright, sunny Saturday afternoon in April and a small crowd has gathered in the Mira Mesa shopping center mall, the hub of a community that is as far from the consciousness of most San Diegans as it is from the core of the city. The shopping center is the scene of special events on weekends all year long. At various times there are flower displays, kids’ days, judo and karate demonstrations, and auto shows. But this afternoon is special; it is “I Love Mira Mesa Day.”
  • By Larry Keller, June 12, 1980
Mira Mesa’s problem is not just that there isn’t much for its kids to do....
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