Bankers Hill news & stories

Jimmy Carter's Has Soul on the Menu

A couple of weeks ago, my husband came back from a work trip and we decided to grab something to eat at Barrio Star, the newish restaurant in Banker’s Hill purveying “Mexican Soul Food.” As ...

Here's the Deal: Imperial House

Rick Lyon taught himself the piano playing to jazz records and drawing from his experience on the accordion. He’s played aboard ships in the Navy, overseas, and at many a bar, lodge, and party. Now ...

Maple Canyon to Banker's Hill

With quaint footbridges spanning two wooded ravines, scores of historic homes, plus mature landscaping, Banker’s Hill speaks to historic elegance and the preservation of nature. The following short ramble through canyon bottom and along quiet ...

CCDC Wants More Cortez Property

Just when we thought the Cortez “hole” project was set for future development, a new glitch of sorts has emerged. The Centre City Development Corporation would like to see the now-filled Cortez “hole” (abandoned Atmosphere ...

Cosmopolitan Comfort Cuisine

Carl Schroeder was the hot young chef hired by Bradley Ogden to oversee Arterra back when it was new. Schroeder made both his and the restaurant’s name there. Then he opened his own place, Market, ...

Food Girl's Mexican Soul

I headed for Barrio Star with fear in my heart. Fear, and numerous variations of annoyance. Let’s start with the annoyances and touch on the fear later. Barrio Star is a new restaurant in Banker’s ...

Beethovenus Interruptus

Jung-Ho Pak and Orchestra Novaban keep St. Paul’s Cathedral on their list of venues (along with Sherwood and Qualcomm auditoriums) despite a multitude of problems that the venue presents. For starters, the lack of parking ...

Hey, Partner, What’s the Deal?

In May 2009, councilmembers Kevin Faulconer and Todd Gloria sent a letter to Carol Schultz, executive director of Uptown Partnership, the agency responsible for increasing the parking supply, enhancing pedestrian use, and easing traffic flow ...

Here's the Deal: Tin Can Ale House

The Tin Can Ale House sits near a tranny bar and a liquor store at Fifth and Fir in Banker’s Hill. Look for the mural of a giant octopus sinking a galleon. Parking isn’t a ...

Start Your Engines

It's taken 14 months and cost the city and federal governments over $12.7 million to restore and retrofit the First Avenue bridge in Banker's Hill. For those 14 months, while construction crews were removing the ...

Hobnobbing at the Hob Nob

It is the Sunday after Thanksgiving, two days after “Black Friday,” a term originating (according to Wikipedia) with the Philadelphia PD in the 19th Century to denote this holiday’s weekend traffic that is a bitch ...

Another Perfect Day

Snapshots of all sides of our neighborhoods.

BALBOA PARK Another Perfect DayBy downtownphotoguy, June 26Today we were in Presidio Park in the morning and Balboa Park in the afternoon. We were shooting with a variety of lenses and techniques…. It seems everybody ...

Rare Burgers? Rarely

Trekking in Nepal involved 25 grueling vegan days of rice, lentils, mustard greens, noodles, barley stew, and boiled potatoes (and one glorious night of smoky yak steak and real mashed potatoes from the best darned ...

Have It Your Way

Don’t cry for Laurel. It has gone to a far better place. Reincarnated as Cucina Urbana, you can now hang your hat (on the back of your chair) without a preprandial wardrobe change or bank-balance ...

The Park After Dark

Asking that her name be withheld, a woman emailed us a few months ago about a liquor store that was “bad, bad news for the community and the south end of Balboa Park.” The writer’s ...

Like Family

From the start, you pretty much know: everybody getting off the number 3 bus at Fifth and Elm is headed there. Five o’clock on a Thursday, where else? Horizon Park Chapel. Free food. Me too. ...

Over the Airplanes

A few months ago, some guy from some burg like Dubuque emailed the paper, asking which restaurants he should try during a few days’ visit here, price no object. Bertrand at Mr. A’s was one ...

Fast and Furious

Looking for ways to slow traffic down in their community, Banker's Hill residents are gaining ground on bringing in additional stop signs along 4th, 5th, and 6th avenues. The residents compare the streets to speedways, ...

Interfaith Service of Consolation and Determination

“If you are visiting for just a few moments or a few hours, please know that you are granted immunity from the painful ravages of religious bigotry and intolerance. St. Paul’s...is a place where a ...

Taking the Partner Out of Partnership

Like the sidewalks and streets that surround the city’s parking meters, the relationship between Uptown Partnership — the group responsible for addressing parking issues in Hillcrest, Banker’s Hill, and Mission Hills — and the residents ...

Meter Mythbusters

Michael Vogl, revenue collections manager for the city, blames the media for spreading false information about the mayor’s parking meter utilization plan. He says news outlets are unable to explain the detailed proposal in 30-second ...

Let’s Toast to Banning Booze

During District 2 councilmember Kevin Faulconer’s state of the district speech on April 27, he listed his accomplishments during the past three years. One of his proudest accomplishments so far has been banning alcohol from ...

Meter Eater

Who hasn’t rummaged through bags and searched underneath car seats, scavenging for loose change to feed the meter? Well, residents of San Diego better start loading their pockets with loose change, because the city is ...

Ota, Too

It’s just beautiful — elegant and spare. Blue lights illuminate the lower half of Hane’s windows all around — useful, since I’m not sure the restaurant is otherwise identified at the door. Inside, the streetside ...

Dude, Your Car Was Stolen

A resident of the Barcelona apartment complex on Juniper Street returned home after a weekend away to find her 1994 Acura Integra stolen. The theft occurred sometime between Thursday morning, March 5, and Sunday evening ...

Over It

Other than the thundering sounds of gigantic planes overhead, residents of Banker’s Hill live fairly peaceful lives. But on a recent Friday at approximately 11 p.m., the raised voices of two young men echoed between ...

Firehouse Swing Dance Video

Swing Dance Performance from the Bal-Swing-Boogie Bugs at the Firehouse Swing Dance 10-year Anniversary Party, December 10, 2008.

Ping-Pong Park

In the midtown community of Banker's Hill, a convertible Mercedes drives down Olive Street straight through the intersection with Third Avenue and onto a narrow paved driveway. The car coasts past a wooden sign displaying ...

Intensity in Banker's Hill?

There were two parties I missed that I was bummed about. These guys that throw an annual jet-ski party called me afterward and said that they got around the beach booze ban by drinking out ...

Banker's Hill Stroll

With two steep ravines spanned by quaint footbridges, scores of well-kept, historically significant homes, and mature landscaping, Banker’s Hill is a monument to the elegance of the past. The work of early-century architects Irving Gill, ...

Hillcrest VS High Rises — Judgement Day

Over 50 residents of Hillcrest, Mission Hills, and Banker's Hill attended the July 8 San Diego City Council meeting. They waved five-inch, fluorescent green signs that on one side read "IHO," the other, "YES." Their ...

Horizon Park Chapel

A cluster of the homeless was encamped across the street from the church, sitting on the narrow strip of lawn between the Sixth Avenue sidewalk and the hillslope leading up into Balboa Park. Inside, the ...

High-Class Grub

"Lamby joes. No question. You get two. They're so tasty. Shall we go for that?"

Circus Freaks Welcome

Circus Freaks Welcome Amanda Schendel, 25, says she and her college buddy Heather Adams, 23, throw "sweaty, dark, raging parties that last far beyond 2 a.m." at their underground party palace in Banker's Hill. "We ...

First Church of Christ, Scientist

"In atmosphere of love divine/ We live and move and breathe/ Though mortal eyes may see it not/ 'Tis sense that would deceive./ The mortal sense we must destroy/ If we would bring to light/ ...

We're on Vacation, Here to Play. Don't Let Facts Get in Our Way.

Playing tourist in San Diego.

I had taken eight or nine guided tours of San Diego in two weeks when a friend asked if I was tired of sightseeing. I had to say no. Being out on buses and boats ...

Stroll through Maple Canyon in Banker's Hill, and escape from the city while in the city.

San Diego's picturesque "canyons" -- the narrow ravines slashing into the city's elevated plateaus ("mesas") that overlook the bay and the ocean -- number in the dozens. The so-called mesas are actually marine terraces, the ...

Runway Hair

“These girls are a real eyesore. I have to live with it, every day.”

Vajrarupini Buddhist Center

From Banker’s Hill to the next life

"People are Karma-producing machines. That is all we do and all we have ever been doing," said Jeff Goin, a resident teacher at Vajrarupini Buddhist Center. Karma is the belief that for every action there ...

By bicycle or by foot, discover the charms of San Diego's distinctive Mission Hills and Banker's Hill neighborhoods.

You can explore two of San Diego's most beautiful old neighborhoods -- Mission Hills and Banker's Hill -- on the seven-mile, self-propelled tour outlined here. We'll define "self propelled" as walking, jogging, or bicycle riding. ...

Ghost Crowd

“There’s something about it. The old feel, not dressed up, real. Neighborly. Could be back in Queens.”

Largely white Bankers Hill

Bankers Hill. The name has a regal sound to it. Bankers Hill has been called "Pill Hill" for its many doctors' offices and "Gill Hill" for Irving Gill, who built the historic residences that grace ...

What Insiders Eat

Recipes from Emerald Chinese Seafood, Nine-Ten, Pamplemousse, India Palace, 150 Grand, Beach Grass Cafe, Bertrands

Food = joy…guilt…anger…pain…nurturing… friendship…hatred…the way you look and feel.… Food = everything you can imagine. — Susan Powter Tim Klepeis, the chef at Adams Avenue Grill, spoke hesitatingly at first. “I think the greatest reward ...

Best of 2003: Best Community Garden

Juniper-Front Community Garden Front Street, between Ivy and Juniper, Banker's Hill 619-276-9224 There are several neighborhoods in the downtown area that offer plots of land in community gardens. Among these, the Juniper-Front Community Garden in ...

Best of 2003: Best New Barroom Rock

Cherrybomb 2237 First Avenue, Banker's Hill 619-544-1173 There's been a recent spate of neighborhood barrooms opening up their modest floors to live bands, but early in 2002 it was Sondra and Josh, proprietors of Cherrybomb ...

Best of 2003: Best Murder And A Meal

The Mystery Café Imperial House Restaurant 505 Kalmia Street, Banker's Hill www.mysterycafe.net 619-544-1600 Mystery Café is San Diego's longest running dinner theater. Patrons are seated by 8 p.m. and then dinner is served with a ...

Best of 2003: Best Place To Watch Airplanes As You Eat

Bertrand at Mr. A's 2550 Fifth Avenue (12th floor), Banker's Hill 619-239-1377 The room is civilized and comfortable. The staff strikes just the right balance between friendliness and professionalism. The food is delicious. But up ...

Best of 2003: Best British Pub

Speakers' Corner British Pub & Grill 2664 Fifth Avenue, Banker's Hill 619-232-5456 Come on a Friday night, when English, Scots, Irish, Aussies, and Kiwis turn this place into a piece of Blighty (England) with their ...

Best of 2001: Best Bridge

Spruce Street Suspension Bridge Between Brant and Frost Streets, Banker's Hill Built in 1912, this pedestrian bridge is suspended 70 feet above what Banker's Hill locals call Arroyo Canyon. It was designed by former San ...

Best of 2001: Best Place To Hear New Music

Spruce Street Forum 301 Spruce Street, Banker's Hill www.sprucestreetforum.com 619-295-0301 or 619-297-3531 Musicians with big names in new music play here from September to June. The space is warmly lit, with cream-colored walls and large ...

Best of 2001: Best Indian Breakfasts

Jimmy Carter's 3172 Fifth Avenue (at Spruce), Banker's Hill 619-295-2070 Who'd guess you'd find Indian breakfasts in a down-home corner café in one of the town's oldest neighborhoods? What happened was that Jimmy Carter (no, ...

Best of 2001: Best Urban Hike

Maple Canyon Park, Banker's Hill Maple Canyon Park begins at Thorn Street (between Third and Fourth Avenues) and dumps directly onto West Maple. The trail that runs along the bottom of the canyon makes for ...

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