Marty Graham

Articles by Marty Graham

DMV building doesn't fit the neighborhood

No more blare in Hillcrest from 1961-era project, please

The loudspeaker blasts go on all day, says Mary Alsop, who lives a half block from the Hillcrest Department of Motor Vehicles office. So when the DMV presented its proposed design for the replacement building ...

Robert Venturi's columns tucked behind La Jolla bungalow

Museum of Contemporary Art ready to demolish them

The columns of the colonnade behind the bungalow are strangely out of place, with the words ‘Contemporary Art’ in red letters jumping out from the white woodwork. Is it a Jeff Koons piece? Well no, ...

Trapped in Scripps Ranch

Beata Piehl wants buses closer than 3/4 mile

Beata Piehl learned that mass transit won’t come to her neighborhood when her disabled son began going to Miramar Community College. For him to catch a bus to his 8:00 am class, she had to ...

The irony of historic districts

Park Boulevard the latest to test the waters

Two planning groups that share Park Boulevard as a boundary formed a task force to look at the historic district on Park between Upas St. and Robinson street, one that the city’s historic resources board ...

Deceptive calm in University City

Even as talks on water pipes continue, lawsuit filed

As the San Diego water department plans to plant several dozen miles of pressurized 48-inch-diameter steel pipes to and from its pure water plant, residents of University City are worried. They are expressing those concerns ...

How high can Bankers Hill go?

St. Paul's tests the limits

A project to build a 20-story residential tower next to the St. Paul’s cathedral on Sixth Avenue between Maple and Nutmeg won praise and criticism from the community Thursday night at a well-attended meeting. More ...

Angry PB residents don’t like mayor’s plan

But the state may nullify any rules

A meeting turned testy Wednesday night as leaders of three different groups vied for the support of the Pacific Beach Planning Group on their concerns with and opposition to the new plan for short term ...

East San Ysidro loses the foot traffic

Mexican shoppers shuttled to Ralph Lauren, Coach at Las Americas, the Vitamin Shoppe, T.J.Maxx

More than 20,000 pedestrians come across the border into the neighborhood each day; San Ysidro should be booming with commercial redevelopment. But it’s not. “SANDAG and SDMTS are spending millions to improve transportation for people ...

Neighbors hire Aguirre to fight Jacobs Center

Don't want parolees nearby

In a deal that helps the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation at Euclid and Market, San Diego County is buying some of the center’s excess acreage to the east, with plans to tear down the ...

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