Everyone gathered at the bottom of the hill, because nowhere else was safe.
The students, the parents, the activists, the Girl Scouts, the principal, the politician’s staff and the politician himself came to celebrate what appeared to be a milestone in a project that’s had lots of talk over the years, but no solution.
City Councilman David Alvarez called them together Wednesday afternoon to announce the city finally had all the money it needed to build a sidewalk on the hill between San Ysidro High School and San Ysidro Middle School.
“This sidewalk is extremely important to the many students of San Ysidro who use it to go to and from school,” Alvarez said. “And obviously, just as important to the parents, the grandparents and those who care for those kids.”
The process of building a sidewalk on the winding half-mile stretch between the two schools has taken more than a decade, and the city has missed deadline after deadline to put one there. In the meantime, students have had to deal with this:
The sidewalk hasn’t been built in part because the situation is so dire. Contractors will have to blast into a hillside to make room. The project also will come with street lights, bike lanes and a redesign of the road to make it less narrow.
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It's a great skateboard slalom. It's also one of the last of the truly country, country two-lane roads within San Diego City limits. A skateboard or soapbox derby should be held annually to pay for the sidewalk that should have been constructed at the same time that San Ysidro High School was built. The real story about that is that then Congressman Filner interceded to stop Sweetwater Union High School District from "red lining" San Ysidro students from attending the new high school. And, here we are in January 2015 still fighting for civil rights. The "dream" is still incomplete.
Can you imagine if this situation existed in La Jolla? It would have been improved overnight. Just like the situation in Encanto where the SD has neglected building a fire station and emergency response times has been one of the lowest in the city. Living in low income areas gets low city attention, that's the bottom line. -:(
"The project also will come with street lights, bike lanes and a redesign of the road to make it less narrow."
Mr. Dillon, is that anything like... wider?
@michael-leonard Touche. My understanding is that the goal is to make it less twisty and narrow. Probably a widening will happen
It's unfortunate that they chose to build those two schools so far from the homes they serve and so close to two respiratory hazards, the 805 and the 905.