Normal Heights Gazetteer 2 : A Compact, Lasting Thrill

St. Didacus rises, evil and mayhem fall.

St. Didacus rises, evil and mayhem fall.

Tiddling east down Adams you cross the Roscoe E. Hazard bridge. Come the winter holidays this bridge is festooned with lights, and looking north from its span on a clear, cold morning you can see the roof of the seasonal fog blanketing Mission Valley below. Cross Roscoe at night and there’s the round Union 76 sign down on El Cajon Boulevard that passes in the eye’s corner as a great harvest moon rising oddly in the south.

Proceed left at 33rd Street into the neighborhood, then right on North Mountain View to the 3300 block. There you find North Mountain View Mini Park. This park is less than 1,500 square feet, including a placard, a mini-stand of flowers and an equally miniature view of Mission Valley through a flat-brushed green thicket. It’s a compact, lasting thrill.

That stoplight you see is usually covered with pigeons, and that means one thing, so watch those doo-rags, folks.

Retrace your steps down 33rd, not forgetting to stop at Collier and take an eye-peck at St. Didacus a short block east in the early evening light, then stop at Adams and look to your right. In this block you can get pedicured, tattooed, reupholstered and mailed. That stoplight you see is usually covered with pigeons, and that means one thing, so watch those doo-rags, folks. Miles to the south down 33rd, jets cross the horizon in their landing pattern for Lindbergh.

 

Normal Heights is located on a triangular plateau between the 8, 805 and 15 freeways about five miles northeast of downtown San Diego. This story first appeared in San Diego City Beat.

 

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