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Mission Hills Heritage

By Allen Hazard

A new community grass root activist organization was recently born. After suffering a defeat on the controversial Paseo Project a group of concerned citizens banded together and Mission Hills Heritage was formed.

Mission Hills residents Brian and Kim Adler, Marcy VanStee, Barry Hager, Allen Hazard, Janet O'Dea, Tom Mullaney, Valerie Seyfert and others have formed Mission Hills Heritage to bring together their concerns about historic preservation and community character and how to better deal with these issues in the future as they develop in Mission Hills. Mission Hills has historically escaped most of the harm of the so-called six-pack apartments and other inappropriate infill building suffered by other urban neighborhoods such as North Park, University Heights and Hillcrest. The majority of our community is still a wonderful collection of bungalows, Craftsman, Spanish Revival, Prairie-style homes and even mid-century Modern gems largely built from 1909 to the early 1960's.

Members of the Uptown area, Mission Hills and concerned citizens of the greater San Diego community who shop, dine and visit Mission Hills are all invited to join Mission Hills Heritage as we strive to have a say about our community proceeds in the 21st century. We are nearing our 100th birthday as a community and are finding ourselves at a pivotal crossroads. We believe that the community must have a voice in our future. We feel the community's voice needs to be heard at City Hall. Our goal is to have the community represented in important Mission Hills issues such as future development and other topics that will permanently alter the landscape of one of San Diego's most graceful communities. Please visit our website www.missionhillsheritage.org for more information on how you can become a member of Mission Hills Heritage and help us achieve our goals.


Editors Note It is significant that the residents of Mission Hills have formed this community alliance. We hope other communities will follow suit and help protect their own neighborhoods. SOHO as always is available to provide advice and support to you. It is the citizens of a neighborhood that have the rights to protect and preserve their neighborhoods! Congratulations to Mission Hills.

2005 - Volume 36, Issue 1

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