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Normal Heights on its way back

Van Dam effect on Sabre Springs, ultimate retro in Fallbrook, Alpine not quite a suburb, happy on Olive Street

Erlene Thom: “South of Adams, the neighborhood really started to change in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when they started tearing down the single-family homes and putting up apartments." - Image by Sandy Huffaker, Jr.
Erlene Thom: “South of Adams, the neighborhood really started to change in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when they started tearing down the single-family homes and putting up apartments."

  • Nowhere Zone

  • “I’d been renting an apartment over on Georgia Street, the sort of border area between North Park and Hillcrest. From one month to the next, they raised my rent by $200. I’m a teacher at City College. I could qualify for only a $145,000 loan. What could I buy for $145,000? Nothing in North Park. Nothing in Hillcrest. So I looked around. Drove around Normal Heights.”
  • By Abe Opincar, Nov. 27, 2002
  • Sabre Springs. "There were barbecues here before, and get-togethers, and none of that has changed."

    Good Life in Sabre Springs

  • Dad leaves for work. Mom stays home. Kids ride their bikes in the street. Dogs run free across the green lawns. Flowers grow even from the street drains. One homeowner confessed that her biggest problem with Sabre Springs is that kids let their softballs fly into her yard. And everyone knows everyone and everyone waves and says hello to everyone. People are so nice here it makes you question your own perhaps questionable nature.
  • By Jill Underwood, Aug. 8, 2002
Fallbrook. Outside the barbershop, the street is usually sunny. Cars stop for the light and move past us, windows down, arms resting on doors.


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As we wait I tend to think of what we’ll do after the haircuts. We could eat at the soda fountain across the street, in what used to be a drugstore but is now the Café des Artistes and a gallery. We could walk another hundred yards and ask the librarian if there are any new books about the Titanic.

By Laura McNeal, Dec. 24, 2003

  • Wright's Field could be turned into our Balboa Park.

    Where the Mountain Meets the Sky

  • “We had grapes, for example. Grapes were hauled from here to the railroad station in Lakeside. We had wheat, olives, citrus fruit, barley. Chickens and turkey ranches. Also, John Harbison was a beekeeper and had a big beekeeping operation at the far end of Harbison Canyon.”
  • By Abe Opincar, Oct. 19, 2006
  • Diep Huynh and Linda Kotcher with Casso. When he and Kotcher have paid off their education debts, he said, they are leaving for Los Angeles.

    A Quiet Cul-De-Sac in North Park

  • Neighborhoods are not good simply because they are not bad, because rape and pillage are not going on at the end of the block and cops are not on permanent patrol. A good neighborhood is rare — clearly exceptional, fine-tuned and running well.
  • By Jangchup Phelgyal, Nov. 9, 2000
  • Dedication of new bridge over Switzer Canyon, 1957

    A House and a Tree Spell Contenment to Me

  • One portion of Olive, a quiet cul-de-sac in North Park, has just 15 homes — 22 counting those off the alley. Here neighbors jog together, go to the movies in a pack, and check with others on Friday night to see who wants to order take-out. Weekend mornings, someone is sure to have a fresh pot of coffee brewing, and neighbors know they can pop in, pour themselves a hot cup, then go home without the requirement to sit and chat.
  • By Jangchup Phelgyal, Nov. 16, 2000
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Erlene Thom: “South of Adams, the neighborhood really started to change in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when they started tearing down the single-family homes and putting up apartments." - Image by Sandy Huffaker, Jr.
Erlene Thom: “South of Adams, the neighborhood really started to change in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when they started tearing down the single-family homes and putting up apartments."

  • Nowhere Zone

  • “I’d been renting an apartment over on Georgia Street, the sort of border area between North Park and Hillcrest. From one month to the next, they raised my rent by $200. I’m a teacher at City College. I could qualify for only a $145,000 loan. What could I buy for $145,000? Nothing in North Park. Nothing in Hillcrest. So I looked around. Drove around Normal Heights.”
  • By Abe Opincar, Nov. 27, 2002
  • Sabre Springs. "There were barbecues here before, and get-togethers, and none of that has changed."

    Good Life in Sabre Springs

  • Dad leaves for work. Mom stays home. Kids ride their bikes in the street. Dogs run free across the green lawns. Flowers grow even from the street drains. One homeowner confessed that her biggest problem with Sabre Springs is that kids let their softballs fly into her yard. And everyone knows everyone and everyone waves and says hello to everyone. People are so nice here it makes you question your own perhaps questionable nature.
  • By Jill Underwood, Aug. 8, 2002
Fallbrook. Outside the barbershop, the street is usually sunny. Cars stop for the light and move past us, windows down, arms resting on doors.


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As we wait I tend to think of what we’ll do after the haircuts. We could eat at the soda fountain across the street, in what used to be a drugstore but is now the Café des Artistes and a gallery. We could walk another hundred yards and ask the librarian if there are any new books about the Titanic.

By Laura McNeal, Dec. 24, 2003

  • Wright's Field could be turned into our Balboa Park.

    Where the Mountain Meets the Sky

  • “We had grapes, for example. Grapes were hauled from here to the railroad station in Lakeside. We had wheat, olives, citrus fruit, barley. Chickens and turkey ranches. Also, John Harbison was a beekeeper and had a big beekeeping operation at the far end of Harbison Canyon.”
  • By Abe Opincar, Oct. 19, 2006
  • Diep Huynh and Linda Kotcher with Casso. When he and Kotcher have paid off their education debts, he said, they are leaving for Los Angeles.

    A Quiet Cul-De-Sac in North Park

  • Neighborhoods are not good simply because they are not bad, because rape and pillage are not going on at the end of the block and cops are not on permanent patrol. A good neighborhood is rare — clearly exceptional, fine-tuned and running well.
  • By Jangchup Phelgyal, Nov. 9, 2000
  • Dedication of new bridge over Switzer Canyon, 1957

    A House and a Tree Spell Contenment to Me

  • One portion of Olive, a quiet cul-de-sac in North Park, has just 15 homes — 22 counting those off the alley. Here neighbors jog together, go to the movies in a pack, and check with others on Friday night to see who wants to order take-out. Weekend mornings, someone is sure to have a fresh pot of coffee brewing, and neighbors know they can pop in, pour themselves a hot cup, then go home without the requirement to sit and chat.
  • By Jangchup Phelgyal, Nov. 16, 2000
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