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Normal Heights – you want to be involved

The name, the crime, the people, the sign

“The Normal Heights sign is the only original neon sign I’m aware of that still hangs in San Diego,” says Scott Kessler. - Image by Matthew Suárez
“The Normal Heights sign is the only original neon sign I’m aware of that still hangs in San Diego,” says Scott Kessler.
  • We the people of Normal Heights

  • Adam Deutsch and his wife Claire moved to Normal Heights in 2014. Shortly after their move, the couple went to a meeting of the Normal Heights Community Planning Group to see what was going on in the neighborhood. That night they were two of four people in the audience listening to the group’s boardmembers holding forth on stage. One of the attendees, “blew up at a particular issue,” says Deutsch, who is 37, “and I enjoyed that intensity."
  • By Joe Deegan, Feb. 28, 2018
  • Normal Heights reacts to homeless spillover

  • “It’s shameful. I don’t feel safe walking in my own neighborhood or even using this park sometimes. You can’t go more than few blocks without seeing people sleeping on the streets.” This was from a mom watching her son play baseball at the Adams Elementary school field on April 7. Right beside the field, next to the recreation center, was a homeless camp in a play area designed for young children.
  • By Julie Stalmer, April 11, 2017
Nancy Palmer says she has befriended many homeless people, but she hesitates to let her kids walk alone near the park.
  • Why "Normal Heights"?

  • All that was missing was a formal name for this new subdivision, so an inspired Collier held a naming contest. His ad, published in the October 29, 1905, edition of the San Diego Union and Daily Bee, stated boldly, "Just Think Of It! A Building Lot Free." Collier offered a lot 50 feet wide to the entrant who submitted the best name.
  • By Suzanne Ledeboer, Aug. 6, 2016
4935 Mansfield, the prize (house not included) for naming Normal Heights
  • Nothing normal about Normal Heights

  • Everyone who lived on that stretch of 34th Street, between Meade and Monroe, was used to finding things on their lawn — condoms from hookers and their tricks, malt-liquor bottles, garbage, dog sh*t, weeds. But finding an actual person stranded on his back was a new one. Always a new one in Normal Heights, you could count on that.
  • By David Adler, May 12, 2010
  • Normal Heights

  • Before the newlyweds across the street went on their honeymoon, they asked me to keep an eye on their house. Yesterday, a neighbor two doors down, an elderly Mexican woman, brought me a big bowl of chicken soup. In the fall, I know that another neighbor will leave sacks of persimmons by my front door.
  • By Abe Opincar, Dec. 24, 2003
Normal Heights
  • North of Adams was like what south of Adams is now

  • “I’d lie awake at night and think, ‘I am in hell.’ I’d get up in the morning and think, ‘I am in hell.’ At one point we had heavy trucks making 200 to 300 trips down our street. “The entire house shook. My teeth rattled. The vibration was damaging the foundations of our homes. Dust was everywhere. You couldn’t open your windows. Very quickly I felt a kind of panic. Terror. I’d sunk my life savings into buying this tiny house.
  • By Abe Opincar, Nov. 27, 2002
"It was like gang central. The police helicopter was over our street almost every night."
  • Normal Heights wants that neon sign back

  • Q: What's the difference between Normal Heights and East San Diego? Or Normal Heights and University Heights? Or Normal Heights and a dozen other fading, middle-class San Diego neighborhoods?
  • A: The Normal Heights sign.
  • By Jeannette DeWyze, May 7, 1981
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“The Normal Heights sign is the only original neon sign I’m aware of that still hangs in San Diego,” says Scott Kessler. - Image by Matthew Suárez
“The Normal Heights sign is the only original neon sign I’m aware of that still hangs in San Diego,” says Scott Kessler.
  • We the people of Normal Heights

  • Adam Deutsch and his wife Claire moved to Normal Heights in 2014. Shortly after their move, the couple went to a meeting of the Normal Heights Community Planning Group to see what was going on in the neighborhood. That night they were two of four people in the audience listening to the group’s boardmembers holding forth on stage. One of the attendees, “blew up at a particular issue,” says Deutsch, who is 37, “and I enjoyed that intensity."
  • By Joe Deegan, Feb. 28, 2018
  • Normal Heights reacts to homeless spillover

  • “It’s shameful. I don’t feel safe walking in my own neighborhood or even using this park sometimes. You can’t go more than few blocks without seeing people sleeping on the streets.” This was from a mom watching her son play baseball at the Adams Elementary school field on April 7. Right beside the field, next to the recreation center, was a homeless camp in a play area designed for young children.
  • By Julie Stalmer, April 11, 2017
Nancy Palmer says she has befriended many homeless people, but she hesitates to let her kids walk alone near the park.
  • Why "Normal Heights"?

  • All that was missing was a formal name for this new subdivision, so an inspired Collier held a naming contest. His ad, published in the October 29, 1905, edition of the San Diego Union and Daily Bee, stated boldly, "Just Think Of It! A Building Lot Free." Collier offered a lot 50 feet wide to the entrant who submitted the best name.
  • By Suzanne Ledeboer, Aug. 6, 2016
4935 Mansfield, the prize (house not included) for naming Normal Heights
  • Nothing normal about Normal Heights

  • Everyone who lived on that stretch of 34th Street, between Meade and Monroe, was used to finding things on their lawn — condoms from hookers and their tricks, malt-liquor bottles, garbage, dog sh*t, weeds. But finding an actual person stranded on his back was a new one. Always a new one in Normal Heights, you could count on that.
  • By David Adler, May 12, 2010
  • Normal Heights

  • Before the newlyweds across the street went on their honeymoon, they asked me to keep an eye on their house. Yesterday, a neighbor two doors down, an elderly Mexican woman, brought me a big bowl of chicken soup. In the fall, I know that another neighbor will leave sacks of persimmons by my front door.
  • By Abe Opincar, Dec. 24, 2003
Normal Heights
  • North of Adams was like what south of Adams is now

  • “I’d lie awake at night and think, ‘I am in hell.’ I’d get up in the morning and think, ‘I am in hell.’ At one point we had heavy trucks making 200 to 300 trips down our street. “The entire house shook. My teeth rattled. The vibration was damaging the foundations of our homes. Dust was everywhere. You couldn’t open your windows. Very quickly I felt a kind of panic. Terror. I’d sunk my life savings into buying this tiny house.
  • By Abe Opincar, Nov. 27, 2002
"It was like gang central. The police helicopter was over our street almost every night."
  • Normal Heights wants that neon sign back

  • Q: What's the difference between Normal Heights and East San Diego? Or Normal Heights and University Heights? Or Normal Heights and a dozen other fading, middle-class San Diego neighborhoods?
  • A: The Normal Heights sign.
  • By Jeannette DeWyze, May 7, 1981
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