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University Heights – upwardly mobile

Red Fox, boundary fights, Adams Recreation Center, Vermont Street Bridge, Uptown Planners, ostriches

  • Forced out but not outfoxed

  • One of the oldest restaurants in San Diego, going back to the 1950s, is The Red Fox Steakhouse and Piano Bar on El Cajon Boulevard in the historic Lafayette Hotel. It’s an old-school steakhouse, and in fact had its origin in an Olde English steakhouse and pub outside London from centuries ago.According to the restaurant’s website, “The Red Fox Room was an old inn in Surrey, England and dates from around 1560."
  • By David Batterson, Sept. 14, 2018
The three arched panels tell the story of Rebecca and Isaac.
  • Loiterers, crime at Adams rec center park

  • “Two months ago, while I was walking my two dogs by the Adams Recreation Center park,” Frank said. “A black homeless [looking] guy flicked his cigarette on the street. He [then] said, ‘What you lookin’ at?’ then he swung at me with a beer bottle.” Frank said he pushed him away and “he fell on his ass.” He then hurried his dogs home to safety — by Wilson Avenue.
  • By Mike Madriaga, Sept. 29, 2017
  • El Cajon Blvd. revamp ramps up

  • A couple of years ago the rundown section of El Cajon Boulevard in University Heights began a slow journey to rejuvenation. Construction crews have recently picked up the pace. The largest residential project in the immediate area is BLVD, a mixed-use development at 2030 El Cajon Boulevard (at Florida Street).
  • By David Batterson, Oct. 7, 2016
Future site of BLVD apartment building
  • North Park vibe spreads north

  • While the renovated Lafayette Hotel on El Cajon Boulevard in University Heights has raised the bar, commercial properties nearby haven’t been so successful. Going west on El Cajon Boulevard from Louisiana Street to Florida Street, there are vacant storefronts along both sides of the street.
  • By David Batterson, Dec. 7, 2014
  • Group fights for University Heights boundary rights

  • While it may not matter to those who don't live there, one group is fighting another over the boundaries of University Heights. The University Heights Community Development Corporation (UHCDC) is battling with the University Heights Community Association (UHCA) over this touchy issue. According to the UHCDC's petition-signing website, if UHCA “wins their battle to exclude everyone on the east side of Texas Street,” those residents/businesses will be “kicked out” of University Heights.
  • By David Batterson, Jan. 10, 2014
Intersection of Meade Avenue and Texas Street
  • 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, discarded clothing, and moldy bedding from the homeless encampments spread throughout the ravine. For years, the community has considered ways to make the area useful. Two years ago, University Heights resident Rhett Butler volunteered to find a solution.
  • By Dorian Hargrove, Feb. 9, 2009
  • Ostrich Heights

  • 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
  • By Matthew Alice, June 6, 2007
  • I Own It

  • San Diego — 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 condo complex put in its place. For years Wendorf, a member of Uptown Planners community planning group, was friendly with the home's prior owner. But the woman died recently, and her heirs sold the property to a prospective developer.
  • By Joe Deegan, Dec. 28, 2006
  • Hyping University Heights

  • 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!" or "Brunch: It's Not Just Sunday Anymore..." (Cafe on Park, Gulf Coast Grill, Parkhouse Eatery, Adams Avenue Grill, Antique Row Cafe, am I missing anybody?)
  • By Copygal, Dec. 30, 2004
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  • Forced out but not outfoxed

  • One of the oldest restaurants in San Diego, going back to the 1950s, is The Red Fox Steakhouse and Piano Bar on El Cajon Boulevard in the historic Lafayette Hotel. It’s an old-school steakhouse, and in fact had its origin in an Olde English steakhouse and pub outside London from centuries ago.According to the restaurant’s website, “The Red Fox Room was an old inn in Surrey, England and dates from around 1560."
  • By David Batterson, Sept. 14, 2018
The three arched panels tell the story of Rebecca and Isaac.
  • Loiterers, crime at Adams rec center park

  • “Two months ago, while I was walking my two dogs by the Adams Recreation Center park,” Frank said. “A black homeless [looking] guy flicked his cigarette on the street. He [then] said, ‘What you lookin’ at?’ then he swung at me with a beer bottle.” Frank said he pushed him away and “he fell on his ass.” He then hurried his dogs home to safety — by Wilson Avenue.
  • By Mike Madriaga, Sept. 29, 2017
  • El Cajon Blvd. revamp ramps up

  • A couple of years ago the rundown section of El Cajon Boulevard in University Heights began a slow journey to rejuvenation. Construction crews have recently picked up the pace. The largest residential project in the immediate area is BLVD, a mixed-use development at 2030 El Cajon Boulevard (at Florida Street).
  • By David Batterson, Oct. 7, 2016
Future site of BLVD apartment building
  • North Park vibe spreads north

  • While the renovated Lafayette Hotel on El Cajon Boulevard in University Heights has raised the bar, commercial properties nearby haven’t been so successful. Going west on El Cajon Boulevard from Louisiana Street to Florida Street, there are vacant storefronts along both sides of the street.
  • By David Batterson, Dec. 7, 2014
  • Group fights for University Heights boundary rights

  • While it may not matter to those who don't live there, one group is fighting another over the boundaries of University Heights. The University Heights Community Development Corporation (UHCDC) is battling with the University Heights Community Association (UHCA) over this touchy issue. According to the UHCDC's petition-signing website, if UHCA “wins their battle to exclude everyone on the east side of Texas Street,” those residents/businesses will be “kicked out” of University Heights.
  • By David Batterson, Jan. 10, 2014
Intersection of Meade Avenue and Texas Street
  • 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, discarded clothing, and moldy bedding from the homeless encampments spread throughout the ravine. For years, the community has considered ways to make the area useful. Two years ago, University Heights resident Rhett Butler volunteered to find a solution.
  • By Dorian Hargrove, Feb. 9, 2009
  • Ostrich Heights

  • 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
  • By Matthew Alice, June 6, 2007
  • I Own It

  • San Diego — 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 condo complex put in its place. For years Wendorf, a member of Uptown Planners community planning group, was friendly with the home's prior owner. But the woman died recently, and her heirs sold the property to a prospective developer.
  • By Joe Deegan, Dec. 28, 2006
  • Hyping University Heights

  • 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!" or "Brunch: It's Not Just Sunday Anymore..." (Cafe on Park, Gulf Coast Grill, Parkhouse Eatery, Adams Avenue Grill, Antique Row Cafe, am I missing anybody?)
  • By Copygal, Dec. 30, 2004
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