Tip your cap to Edwin Capps

Perhaps the best-known “secret” in the neighborhood is the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge, engineered by Edwin Capps and built in 1912. The “wiggly bridge” as local kids call it was designed to provide pedestrian passage across a deep canyon, which isolated developing neighborhoods from the newly built trolley lines on Fourth and Fifth avenues.Spruce St. Bridge

This Bankers Hill treasure, located just west of First Avenue, is an inconspicuous, but truly special footbridge, the only of its type in the county. It's gonna be a FABulous weekend to check it out. Enjoy!

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Spotlight on Hillcrest Optical

Hillcrest Optical (in Bankers Hill) glasses since 1948

hillcrest-opticalWant a new look? See Lisa at Hillcrest Optical (located in Bankers Hill on Thorn Street between Fourth and Fifth) has a unique selection of quality eye wear. From traditional standards to cutting edge technology...just bring in your RX to have lenses made on site in their neighborhood lab — with fast, personalized service...plus free parking at the front door.

Stop by Hillcrest Optical at 420 Thorn to browse their extensive frame collection six days a week or visit online.

GR8 wire sculpture

wire-sculptureCheck out this creative sculpture (in the area of Ash Street & 28th Street near the SE corner of Balboa Park). Not noticed until recently, the copper wire portrait installed by an anonymous artist high up on a light pole is getting positive comments on social media.

Have you seen similar artwork in your neighborhood? Please send other photos this way!

New building at Fifth & Maple?

Regent-Britt Scripps-smBritt Scripps vs Regents

The Bankers Hill Community Group has held presentations at its March and April meetings regarding the residential development planned for Fifth Avenue north of Maple (formerly the Mandarin House). The 11-story project would have no retail space and no underground parking, as first proposed.

The project will be on the agenda at the Tuesday, May 6 Uptown Planners meeting...6pm — Joyce Beers Community Center.

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Bankers Hill gets library box

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All for the love of reading Check out the new addition of the free library box  to the east side of the Quince Street Pedestrian Bridge (along Fourth Avenue) in Bankers Hill last December. The "Little Community Library" is a free resource for the neighborhood. It's easy — if you take a book, …

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