SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA GRAFFITI: oh my

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28sep19. San Diego, CA

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

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Os Gemeos

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A landmark mural by artists Kathleen King and Paul Naton. Created in 1989. At Sixth Ave and C Street
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Space Invader on the Scripps Building

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sep2019. San Diego CA

OCEAN BEACH – SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: EVERYWHERE YOU GO, YOU TAKE YOURSELF

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Johnny Cash

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Just another random group of people who ask for a picture, yet never care to see the result…

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So I moved to California, but it’s just a state of mind
It turns out everywhere you go, you take yourself, that’s not a lie. – Lana Del Rey
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“Catch a wave and take in the sweetness
Think about it, the darkness, the deepness.” – Lana Del Rey
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This is life…peace in the quiet
Happiness is the sky. – Lana Del Rey

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28sep19. Ocean Beach, San Diego CA

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: LÖST

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Artists Carly Ealey and Christopher Konecki

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Bay View Hotel, a.k.a. The Palms Hotel, est. 1869, (originally 25-rooms, 2-stories)

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Bay View Hotel, 1889, after it had been expanded to 150 rooms and given a Victorian makeover. Note the two towers that were lost in a fire in the early 1900s. — Shapery Enterprises

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Est. 1888
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This might be my favorite house in San Diego. I’ve featured it in a previous blog post. Can’t stop taking pictures of it. Yellow for bright and happy, flowers for promise, something Norman Rockwellian…

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Plastic Kills

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Artists Gloria Muriel, Bunny Kitty, Persue

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sep2019. San Diego, CA.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: BARRIO LOGAN

Barrio Logan, in southeast San Diego, is referred to as el ombligo or navel, the center of the world. It’s the home of Chicano Park, which was the the site of a 1970s demonstration, land takeover, and cultural renaissance for the Mexican-American community. It was designated an official historic site by the San Diego Historical Site Board in 1980 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

n 1871, Congressman John A. Logan wrote legislation to provide federal land grants and subsidies for a transcontinental railroad ending in San Diego. A street laid in 1881 was named Logan Heights after him, and the name came to be applied to the general area. Plans for a railroad never successfully materialized, and the area was predominantly residential by the turn of the century, becoming one of San Diego’s oldest communities. Its transformation began in 1910 with the influx of refugees from the Mexican Revolution, who soon became the majority ethnic group. For this reason, the southern part of the original Logan Heights neighborhood came to be called Barrio Logan. (Barrio is a Spanish word for “neighborhood”.) ~ wikiFFED0F22-E5DF-41CB-BF04-CD9216F945D9B0C99ED4-87A5-4E94-9B4F-3D642AFC4981BE34DA93-CA1C-4D22-A9E5-5B25D9EDEC2D

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Est. 1984
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Ode to Prince. Artist unknown.

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21sep19. San Diego, CA

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: TREES INDEED HAVE HEARTS

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The Spreckels Theater Building was built in 1912. It was constructed to commemorate the opening of the Panama Canal. The number of seats was chosen to correspond with the Panama-California Exposition year, 1915. John D. Spreckels was a philanthropist and sugar heir.The stage was one of the largest stages ever constructed. Originally, it was only going to host live theater performances, but in 1931 it was converted to allow motion pictures. (from reading wiki)

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Old City Hall, built in 1874. Located at 5th and G Street. “This Florentine Italianate building features ornate 16-foot ceilings, 12- foot windows framed with brick arches, antique columns, and a wrought-iron cage elevator. Two floors were added in 1887 to accomodate the San Diego Public Library. In 1900, the entire city government moved in, with the Police Department on the first floor and the Council Chambers on the fourth. In 1955 stucco was applied to “modernize’ the exterior.” – https://gaslampfoundation.org/virtual-tour/old-city-hall-1874/
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Architect: John Stannard
Architectural Style: Mixed
The site of the current Cole Building, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and “G” Street, is one of the earliest developed properties in the area. Albert A. Cole, an early San Diego capitalist, purchased the property from Alonzo Horton in December of 1868 for $900 in gold coin.                                 The current occupant on the street level of the property is a popular sports bar, restaurant and nightclub named Whiskey Girl. According to the manager, Jerry Lopez, this lively and popular venue also appears to be haunted, as several very unusual occurrences have happened in his office late at night after closing. Additionally, before Whiskey Girl took over the venue, a manager of the previous business, La Strada, quit her job after claiming to have seen a fully manifested apparition.  https://gaslampfoundation.org/cole-block-building/
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The Golden West Hotel ~ This 1913 building is also known as the “Workingman’s Hotel.” It was built by John C. Spreckels to house work crews for the Southern Pacific Railroad, while rail lines were being laid to connect Arizona with Southern California. The Golden West Hotel’s designer was John Lloyd Wright, son of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. At this time, it serves low-income patrons. – https://sandiegodowntownnews.com/the-golden-west-hotel/
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“Trees indeed have hearts.”
Henry David Thoreau
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Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 by George Albert Ralphs and Walter Benjamin Ralphs. The original store was located at Sixth and Spring Streets in Los Angeles, California. They’re popular here in San Diego. 

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The classic “Don’t Believe the Hype!” mural by Os Gemeos is STILL GOING STRONG after all of these years! Located on G street heading towards 1st.

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sep2019. San Diego, California.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: BE HUMBLE, BE NOBLE

The Brunswig Drug Company is an historic structure located at 383 5th Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter

This is a theatre with history in the heart of the Gaslight district. Built 1887.

The USS Midway was the longest-serving aircraft carrier in the 20th century. Named after the climatic Battle of Midway of June 1942, Midway was built in only 17 months, but missed World War II by one week when commissioned on September 10, 1945. Midway was the first in a three-ship class of large carriers that featured an armored flight deck and a powerful air group of 120 planes. -midway.org

“Orange Tree”

National Register #80000845 McClintock Storage Warehouse 1202 Kettner Boulevard San Diego Built 1925 The McClintock Storage Warehouse is one of the few remaining examples of a large commercial warehouse from an era which saw a tremendous growth of commerce in San Diego. It was designed by architect Herbert Palmer in the same period and same Mission Revival style as the adjacent Santa Fe Depot. The structure was built of reinforced concrete for strength, permanence and fire resistance. The builder, William Ernest Kier, was a giant in the construction industry, who built such structures as the Grand Coulee and Coolidge Dams. When the building opened in 1925, it was the site of the Greater San Diego Exposition, an exhibition of local merchants, manufacturers and automobile dealers. – noehill.com
Space Invader 👾 up high on Kettner Blvd.

“Breaking the Chains ⛓ “ by Mel Edwards, in tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Little Italy

In the vicinity of West Ivy Street in San Diego’s Little Italy district often comment on a mural painted on the brick wall visible from India Street (and the Ballast Point tasting room). The mural depicts a can of Ben-Hur drip coffee (best for all methods, vacuum packed to protect freshness), complete with its logo of a chariot and four charging horses. The mural seems to be old – the Ben-Hur brand of coffee and spices originated as a tie-in to the popular 1925 silent movie and disappeared in the 1950s – but it actually dates from 1982. However, it does mark the building where the popular coffee was once produced and which was home to what is considered to be the first coffee company in San Diego. Built 1913. -thewebsters.us
Washington Elementary School’s STEAM students dreamed up a Mona Lisa mural — modeled after the very popular children’s video game, Minecraft, a game where you can build virtually anything with bricks. The mural was named “Mine-A-Lisa” and was constructed out of 1,600 painted squares to emulate the bricks in Minecraft that come together to create a 20-by-20-foot masterpiece.

Sep19. San Diego CA 🇺🇸