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Golden Hill – slowly gentrifying

City Mark, Victorian homes, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Big Kitchen

Roger Hedgecock campaigned at the Big Kitchen the night before his 1984 election. - Image by Jim Coit
Roger Hedgecock campaigned at the Big Kitchen the night before his 1984 election.
  • 19 townhomes at 32nd and C instead of park

  • The largest undeveloped parcel in Golden Hill, once considered by the Greater Golden Hill Planning Committee as a top choice for a neighborhood park, is now set to become 19 new townhomes. CityMark development acquired the one-acre lot at the southeast corner of 32nd and C for $2.1 million in August. The planning committee approved the project in June.
  • By Leorah Gavidor, Oct. 12, 2018
The largest undeveloped parcel in Golden Hill
  • My eccentric Golden Hill landlord

  • I found Rod’s house while searching for an apartment in Golden Hill. I had just viewed a cramped one-bedroom around the corner. It was going for $1150 a month — no storage — but there was already a line of people waiting to apply for it when I got there. I gave up and decided to cruise the neighborhood on the off chance people still put up rental signs instead of posting ads on Craigslist.
  • By Ian Anderson, May 25, 2016
Golden Hill alley
  • Painted Lady

  • The gentrification of Golden Hill has hiccupped along over the six years we’ve lived here, bringing fresh paint and a few brave restaurateurs. To our surprise (and relief!) the Munster House even got its share of the neighborhood makeover. After a few false starts, including a disturbingly butter-yellow shade of paint and what appeared to be volunteer labor, a man who seemed to be a contractor finally showed up in a white work truck emblazoned with the words “Jesus: The Love. The Life. The Miracle.”
  • By Leorah Gavidor, March 28, 2011
  • No drive-through in my driveway

  • The fast-food vendor that owns Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell is concocting a new recipe for San Diego's Golden Hill community. Tricon Global Restaurants Inc. proposes to rebuild its aging Kentucky Fried Chicken into a bigger, more attractive eatery featuring such amenities as public restrooms, outdoor dining, landscaping, and an expanded menu that would include Taco Bell fare.
  • By Suzy Hagstrom, March 2, 2000
Golden Hill Kentucky Fried Chicken. "People don't like getting out of their cars. Drive-throughs are more convenient for disabled persons, the elderly, and mothers with children."
  • No supermarket in Golden Hills, just corner markets

  • If you drive south on Highway 5 and take the Pershing Drive off-ramp down to 26th Street, you will wind up on a narrow road through green hills and cool groves of trees, past a park where you will see children of different races playing together. Beyond this park is a business district inscribed with Spanish graffiti and mixed with gingerbread mansions and little California houses from the early part of the century. It is as if someone threw Mission Hills and Logan Heights into a bag and shook it.
  • By Richard Louv, July 8, 1976
  • The Big Kitchen crowd

  • UCSD political science professor and author Peter Irons got wind of the Big Kitchen long before he moved to the neighborhood. “The Big Kitchen is one of the reasons we bought a house in Golden Hill,” explains Irons. “Because the place attracts activists, it’s the focus of community life. I was living in North County when I met Judy Forman on a walking tour of the neighborhood. She contributes to social action. She’s a magnet. She drew us here.’’
  • By Sue Garson, May 8, 1986
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Roger Hedgecock campaigned at the Big Kitchen the night before his 1984 election. - Image by Jim Coit
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  • 19 townhomes at 32nd and C instead of park

  • The largest undeveloped parcel in Golden Hill, once considered by the Greater Golden Hill Planning Committee as a top choice for a neighborhood park, is now set to become 19 new townhomes. CityMark development acquired the one-acre lot at the southeast corner of 32nd and C for $2.1 million in August. The planning committee approved the project in June.
  • By Leorah Gavidor, Oct. 12, 2018
The largest undeveloped parcel in Golden Hill
  • My eccentric Golden Hill landlord

  • I found Rod’s house while searching for an apartment in Golden Hill. I had just viewed a cramped one-bedroom around the corner. It was going for $1150 a month — no storage — but there was already a line of people waiting to apply for it when I got there. I gave up and decided to cruise the neighborhood on the off chance people still put up rental signs instead of posting ads on Craigslist.
  • By Ian Anderson, May 25, 2016
Golden Hill alley
  • Painted Lady

  • The gentrification of Golden Hill has hiccupped along over the six years we’ve lived here, bringing fresh paint and a few brave restaurateurs. To our surprise (and relief!) the Munster House even got its share of the neighborhood makeover. After a few false starts, including a disturbingly butter-yellow shade of paint and what appeared to be volunteer labor, a man who seemed to be a contractor finally showed up in a white work truck emblazoned with the words “Jesus: The Love. The Life. The Miracle.”
  • By Leorah Gavidor, March 28, 2011
  • No drive-through in my driveway

  • The fast-food vendor that owns Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell is concocting a new recipe for San Diego's Golden Hill community. Tricon Global Restaurants Inc. proposes to rebuild its aging Kentucky Fried Chicken into a bigger, more attractive eatery featuring such amenities as public restrooms, outdoor dining, landscaping, and an expanded menu that would include Taco Bell fare.
  • By Suzy Hagstrom, March 2, 2000
Golden Hill Kentucky Fried Chicken. "People don't like getting out of their cars. Drive-throughs are more convenient for disabled persons, the elderly, and mothers with children."
  • No supermarket in Golden Hills, just corner markets

  • If you drive south on Highway 5 and take the Pershing Drive off-ramp down to 26th Street, you will wind up on a narrow road through green hills and cool groves of trees, past a park where you will see children of different races playing together. Beyond this park is a business district inscribed with Spanish graffiti and mixed with gingerbread mansions and little California houses from the early part of the century. It is as if someone threw Mission Hills and Logan Heights into a bag and shook it.
  • By Richard Louv, July 8, 1976
  • The Big Kitchen crowd

  • UCSD political science professor and author Peter Irons got wind of the Big Kitchen long before he moved to the neighborhood. “The Big Kitchen is one of the reasons we bought a house in Golden Hill,” explains Irons. “Because the place attracts activists, it’s the focus of community life. I was living in North County when I met Judy Forman on a walking tour of the neighborhood. She contributes to social action. She’s a magnet. She drew us here.’’
  • By Sue Garson, May 8, 1986
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