Midway District Stories

Gas Pipeline Ruptured in Midway District

A gas leak snarled lunchtime traffic in the Midway District on May 1. As police and fire department personnel blocked the area off, safety officials ordered brief evacuations of the Sports Arena Home Depot store ...

Native Plants Create Wildlife Haven in Midway District

Signs of a native spring can be found in the vacant lot on the corner of Kenyon and Kemper streets in the Midway District. According to a sign posted at the site, the San Diego ...

Power Outage Looters Hit Walgreen’s in Midway District

During the September 8-9 power outage, the Walgreen's drugstore located at 3005 Midway Drive had their front door smashed in and an estimated $400 worth of cigarettes stolen. Pieces of broken glass littered the pavement ...

Natives In, Nonnatives Out of Famosa Slough

A project to remove nonnative trees and plants around the perimeter of Famosa Slough's eastern edge has been completed. Gone are the palm trees, eucalyptus, and other invasive plant species that threatened the biological integrity ...

Bicyclist Clipped near Famosa Slough

Bike riders are commonly seen riding along in the Midway District. For those residents without cars or who wish to not leave a carbon imprint, getting around the Midway business district is as simple as ...

Beat the Clock at Du-par's Restaurant & Bakery

Oh, man. That smell. That barbecue smell, reaching out and pulling you in by the nose. It’s coming from Phil’s BBQ, right past the sports arena. Even now — it’s early evening — streams of ...

John Wayne is on my plate

I pull up to the line where "occasional" vendors purchase a spot, and am greeted with a "got a sellers permit?" by a less than enthusiastic employee of the swap-meet. After securing a space, I ...

Teen Driver Backs into Car, Killing Elderly Man

The traffic-related death of a 77-year-old man in the early hours of July 7 has caused much sadness among his acquaintances in the Midway District area. According to a story on Channel 10 news, police ...

Point Loma Shopping Center Loses Another Tenant

Loma Square Shopping Center is losing another tenant; in recent years, large spaces leased by Circuit City and a discount shoe store have gone vacant. The Everything a Deal clothing store at the intersection of ...

Punk Swap at the Shakedown

“I’m not gonna kick somebody out because they’re selling something other than punk,” says Josh Barnes, “but that’s kind of it,” he says about the Shakedown’s punk-record swap meets. “But punk,” he says, “covers a ...

Truck Blocks Traffic on Midway Drive

On May 5 at 6 p.m., traffic was blocked on Midway Drive when a truck carrying the front end of a large airplane fuselage turned south from Rosecrans and entered a government facility across the ...

Circus Clowns with Fire Axes at Sports Arena?

ABC promos for the new Matthew Perry sitcom Mr. Sunshine refer to his character as managing a “second-rate San Diego sports arena.” “They had a scout from the production company come down here around a ...

Magnet School Students Fly to China

Barnard Elementary School-located at 2930 Barnard Street in the Midway District recently returned from a trip to China. The Mandarin Chinese K-6 magnet school forged an official sister school alliance with the 65-year old Chongqing ...

San Diego Sports Arena Repaved, Renamed

With the exception of the brief time it flew the doomed iPayOne corporate banner, for more than four decades locals have known it as the Sports Arena. But after November 1, that changes when the ...

The Shake Down on Midway

“It’s everything we love,” says Shakedown Bar owner DeadTed. “Working in bars, building motorcycles, skateboarding, punk, rock and roll. It’s who we are.” City Heights native DeadTed began working on cars and choppers when he ...

And the Waterworks Began

At high noon on Sunday, August 1, a geyser of water sprayed from a pipe on the 4500 block of West Point Loma Boulevard — enough water so that cars in both lanes heading into ...

Left Turn for the Worse

On July 26 at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Midway Drive, half a block off West Point Loma Boulevard, a young woman in her early 30s driving an Acura struck a man in his 60s while ...

Cold!

On Wednesday, May 5 I went to the Subway Sandwich shop on Midway Drive. As soon as I entered the store, I knew something was wrong. There was no one working and a bag of ...

Mayor Sanders joins Marco LiMandri against conflict charges

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis did not pursue the case

On April 23, 2007, two San Diego investigators, Gerald Cook of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Dan Vile of the San Diego Police Department, turned in a criminal investigation of wrongdoing in a local ...

When a Mother Cries

At about 9:00 a.m. on December 31, at the corner of Midway Drive and West Point Loma Boulevard, a five-car wreck occurred that sent a mother and her nine-year old girl to the hospital, the ...

Explosion on Midway?

“Late Sunday night, I was sleeping in my car beside the liquor store when I heard a loud explosion,” said Steward Marshall, who moved to San Diego to attend college. “I was still kind of ...

Swank, Hip, Sophisticated

“We’re putting two and a half million dollars into the building,” says Ernie Hahn, general manager of the Sports Arena for the past 13 years. “It’s been a year since AEG Live became a majority-owner ...

Soft Cell

If you want to sell some of your plasma, a new Octapharma facility recently opened up behind the McDonald's on Midway Drive. If you can spend the time and pass the screening, you can earn ...

Café India’s Famous Potatoes

Recipe from Kirti Srivastava Honestly, I grew up in the restaurant. We’ve had it since I was little, when my parents came to San Diego from Uttar Pradesh to help my uncle. At the time, ...

Pitifully Doomed

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders recently announced that the City has launched a new website at which people can make donations to support the fire-pit program. Despite a $259,500 donation, fire-pit funding has only been ...

My vehicle was towed while I ate at Denny’s

West Point Loma customer and his motor home

Call it blind loyalty, if you like. For a place to tell me his story, Clark Waters chose the Denny’s restaurant at the corner of Pacific Highway and Hawthorn Street. Only days earlier, he had ...

Missin’ the Machines

Approximately two weeks ago, the stamp-vending machines were removed from the Midway post office. While frequently visiting this location, I’ve encountered many disappointed people (especially at night and on weekends) who cannot understand why. Many ...

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 ...

Field of Screens: Drive-in theaters in San Diego

Field of screens

The first drive-in theater I snuck into in San Diego was also the first one built here, the Midway, on the northwest corner of Mission Bay Drive and Sports Arena Boulevard. It was December 1979, ...

Best of 2003: Best Nursery

Walter Andersen Nursery 3642 Enterprise Street, Midway District 619-224-8271 12755 Daniellson Court, Poway 858-513-4900 www.walterandersen.com People come here carrying diseased leaves, pictures of their backyards, and vague recollections of a shrub they once saw and ...

Best of 2001: Best Cheap Mechanic

Hi Auto Repair 2820 Midway Drive, Midway District 619-223-0998 Mr. Hai and his crew are experts at getting repairs done as quickly and cheaply as possible. It is common for new customers to quote the ...

Best of 2000: Best Place To Buy New Jeans And T-Shirts

Mervyn's 12 locations in San Diego Most Central: 3345 Sports Arena Boulevard, Midway District (619) 223-8111 Levi's, check. Lee, there's a whole wall full. But the scoop is their in-store brand of jeans. Now there's ...

Best of 2000: Best Nursery

Walter Andersen's 3642 Enterprise Street, Midway District (619) 224-8271 Founded in 1928, the business has moved several times over the years, but the two-acre site next to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot has served as ...

Loma Portal and Midway District during WWII - a walking tour

Frontier Housing – where to get reefers and wenches

The project dwarfed all others, save one. Linda Vista was larger in terms of units (4845 as opposed to the 3500 in Frontier), but the Linda Vista houses had mostly been built as “permanents”

An inside look at the Midway post office

Supervisors perform no manual labor whatsoever, nor are they allowed to eat with the workers

At 5:00 a.m. the loudspeaker sputters, then, “The mail from San Berdoo [San Bernardino] has now arrived.” From my vantage point I see workers pulling the cages, loaded with sacks and trays, out of the elevators.

Riding: Or the La Jolla-San Ysidro Four-Hour Bus Ride Home

Herschel and Silverado, La Jolla: The buildings on this corner in La Jolla don't reek of money: a print shop, a Travelodge, It could be a corner in another part of San Diego. But the ...

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