SAN DIEGO (PACIFIC BEACH), CALIFORNIA: SURF-A-LOOZA

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20october19. Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA

TIJUANA, MEXICO: XOLITO & AMIGOS

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“Xolito” by Mauro Carrera

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Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Cathedral. Built in 1909 as a parish church. Designated as a cathedral in 1964.

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Arco de Tijuana (Arch of Tijuana) is the symbol of Tijuana, located at the beginning of Avenida Revolution. Built in 2000.

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5oct19. Tijuana, Mexico.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: 浪人

“The way you write ronin is with the character for wave and the character for person, which is pretty much how I feel, like a little wave person, floating around on the stormy sea of life.”
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9oct19. San Diego (Sea Port,) California

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: HÖPE

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“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
Alfred Lord Tennyson
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Hang in there, the train’s comin’

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Christo Rey. Est. 1938

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On Children
by Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet 
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
and though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
for they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you,
for life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
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“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” Frank Lloyd Wright
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Old Fire Station 6. Est. 1915. Now the Firehouse Museum. Located in Little Italy.

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Tin Roof Bar housed in the historic Carriage Works building, est. 1890.

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Scripps Building, est. 1907.

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Built in 1914, a designated historic site. Now houses 72 homeless veterans, at-risk youth, and ex-cons. 
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Built in 1913 and houses the Gaslamp Plaza Suites.

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Old Snyder Building, est. 1923.

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29sep19. 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.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: SMURF LOVE & “STARBUCKS ENTERPRISE”

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“The Smurfs” is a Belgian comic franchise by artist Peyo. This is street artist Space Invader’s homage to the comic in the heart of Brussels…

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Fire

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Remnants of the first city walls from the 12th or 13th century…
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from 1695, having been rebuilt…

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Knock, knock, knocking on Heaven’s door…

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Royal Theatre of the Mint. Built in 1700. Renovated three times since,  in 1856 , 1985 , and 2017.

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The coolest looking Starbucks I’ve ever seen.

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Starbucks Enterprise

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23aug19. Brussels, Belgium.