Monday, July 28, 2008

North Leucadia Eyesore Removal

It's a shame the owner of this property didn't take care of this place over the years, because it was actually cool. But a lack of upkeep combined with irresponsible renters spelled doom for this coast highway property. The bordered up windows did nothing for Leucadia's ambiance over the past couple of years.

The new property owner is finally tearing the place down. I'm not sure what the plans are for the lot.

There was a couple hundred angry bees swirling around when I took this photo, so maybe there was a hive inside and that is why the bulldozer didn't finish the job that day.


  1. They are going to drill for oil. When soil testing was done they found a large pocket of crude oil at a depth of 163'. This find shows that it goes westerly about 3/4 of a mile and below the ocean bottom. Drilling will also be done off of the coastline and a floating oil platform is slated for construction.

  2. Hey Bob- How'bout a Leucadia coffee shop here??

  3. No touting on the blog, if you want to advertise a product or service pay JP to do so. NO TOUTING ON THE BLOG!!

  4. Looks like the bees are the only angry element for the razing of these shacks. Unless of course they put an oil rig there. Ewwwww.
    A man who owned that place a few years back showed me his plans to make it a nursery/store similar to the Madd Potter down the way. Don't know if that idea is still alive or not. Hate to see more mega condos that don't sell. Whoever ends up on temptation corner will have to patronize alcohol to the South and Donuts to the North, responsibly.

  5. Hey J.P. can we advertise on the blog?

  6. Please buy at La Especial Del Norte. The best Mexican food in the city.

  7. Sr.PanDulcedeLaNocheJuly 28, 2008 3:22 PM

    Senor Adman- El Callejon sweeps the kitchen floor and send the leftovers to La Especial Norte. LEN food is adequate at best. While they do provide a substantial amount of food, it is floor dropping compared to El Callejon. I have lived and traveled extensively in Mexico and while Mexican food in Mexico is best, El Callejon comes close to the real thing.
    BTW, the inside walls of LEN is nothing you will find in any restaurant in Mexico, it's only for stupid Gringos.
    PS- the service is good at LEN, if only the food was better.

  8. sr PanDulcedeLaNoche

    "stupid gringos" ??????

    You know how many hispanics I have seen eating there?

  9. I may be wrong. (Someone please correct me if so.) I think that one of these buildings was where they found the body of a transient a few month ago. He used to walk up and down the highway with a guitar on his back. He received government checks at the 'step house', but stopped picking them up. They found his body surrounded by liquor bottles. Sad way to go.

  10. Good. He is out of pain and in a better place, the community is better for it, and the government is saving money.

    Anyone know what the plan for the place

  11. Get ready for another Pacific Station or Moonlight Lofts project -- these Mixed-Use Developments are all the rage in small cities as they raise tax revenue - but at the expense of density. Look at the Lofts, it is built right on the property line -- which is okay under the 101 Specific Plan. What this will result in is a two mile long, three story high, continuious block of buildings along 101. Not quite what I imagine the character of Leucadia being -- low key, small town, etc. In fact, John DeWald, who is the developer for Pacific Station, will be speaking at a seminar on August 22 in San Francisco about the Mixed-Use Development process -- and this seminar offers a $100 discount to government employees -- gee, I wonder why. Encinitas is not urban, but developers want to force mixed-use developments that are appropriate for urban areas down out throats and the majority of the council don't appreciate how inappropriate these developments are for a small beach town. Be forewarned, if you live in a commercial/residential zone, a mixed-use development could arise next door with the side wall built right on the property line -- so much for your view, air circulation, safety and privacy. The 101 plan needs to be changed.

  12. 3:22- Oy Carumba!!!...don't rag on Angel and Matilda.

  13. The chicken soup at La Especial rocks! Long live La Especial Norte!-- a Leucadia native

  14. La Especial Norte was honored as one of the top 100 restaurants in the nation by a very prestigious national epicurean magazine.
    they got #69 for their chicken/rice/avo soup.
    See the framed article by the register.

  15. El Callejon belongs in El Cajon. Its services is slower than Mexico and their food is no better than Taco Bell. I will take La Especial Norte over El Cajon anyday.

  16. No touting on the blog, no restaurant touting on the blog. Stick to the subject of the posting.

  17. Bob:
    That would make a good thread, nothing but ads!

  18. I hate it when an old structure gets knocked down. Usually nothing good comes out of the new shindigs. Keep it funky.

  19. I say raise the height limit. It won't block any one's view if it is 4 or 5 stories. This will allow for more housing. We need more people to walk to our restaurants, stores and bars. Provide underground parking and put a bike lane on 101.

  20. We need to revise the specific plan on Hwy101 and Vulcan. At least lower the story height to 2 stories on Vulcan.

    I personally like a 2 story limit like Cardiff is doing.

    Leucadia better get on it. Soon all we will have are Moonlight Lofts phase 1,2 3 and on up to 120.Yuck.

    Plus all the first story functional retail will be gone and replaced with Realtor and Law offices.

    LA here we come.

  21. as much as i would love the entire 101 in Leucadia to be scraped, it's not going to happen because the easy financing is gone.

  22. you don't know what you are sayingJuly 29, 2008 8:47 AM

    5 stories is towering huge my friend. What about the sewer, water and electric hookups for 5 story buildings? Our infrastructure can't handle it. Think before you speak.

  23. Make Leucadia WalkableJuly 29, 2008 10:21 AM

    Below is a great article that every Encinitas resident should read:

    Heavy? Your neighborhood may be to blame
    Those built before 1950 help keep you skinnier by encouraging walking
    By Steve Mitchell
    MSNBC contributor
    updated 6:57 a.m. PT, Tues., July. 29, 2008

    It could be your neighborhood that's making you fat — or keeping you slender.

    A new study found that the year your neighborhood was built may be just as important as diet and exercise for shedding pounds. Those who live in neighborhoods built before 1950 are trimmer than their counterparts who reside in more modern communities, the study reported.

    “The older neighborhoods had a reduced level of obesity because they were generally built with the pedestrian in mind and not cars,” said Ken Smith, a co-author of the study and professor in the department of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah. “This means they have trees, sidewalks and offer a pleasant environment in which to walk.”

    In the study, which appears in the September issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the researchers found that on average men weighed 10 pounds less if they lived in older, more walkable neighborhoods while women weighed about six pounds less.
    The older neighborhoods also tend to have a variety of stores and businesses located within walking distance, so people wind up traveling by foot to do errands, go to local restaurants or other activities, Smith added.

    Modern neighborhoods, on the other hand, generally consist of large areas with nothing but housing, an arrangement that hinders walking and forces people to drive more to get around.

    Amy Crook, a 34-year-old freelance graphic designer, gained 30 pounds over the course of two years after she moved to a sprawling neighborhood in Bowie, Md., in 2005. “There was nothing to walk to,” said Crook, who noted that she drove everywhere, even to the grocery store two blocks away because there were no sidewalks.
    But after she relocated to a more walkable neighborhood in San Leandro, Calif., she dropped the weight without even trying. She didn’t consciously make an effort to increase her exercise levels or modify her diet, she says, but found herself walking more doing daily errands, such as going to the grocery store or bank.
    “There’s a whole neighborhood in the area, including banks, restaurants, grocery stores and bookstores,” Crook said. “It’s all within walking distance and it’s easier to get to them by walking than by driving.”

    The older the neighborhood, the lower the weight
    In the study, Smith’s team used height and weight data from driver’s licenses to calculate the body mass index (BMI) of nearly 454,000 people, ages 25 to 64, living in Salt Lake County, Utah. They then compared BMIs across neighborhoods that had been scored for their walkability, which included whether the area had a diverse array of shops and businesses, sidewalks and lots of intersections.

    The researchers found that older neighborhoods were both more walkable and had lower rates of overweight and obese people. For each decade older the neighborhood was, the risk of obesity dropped by about 8 percent in women and 13 percent in men.
    Lawrence Frank, a public health and urban planner researcher at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, said the findings fit with previous showings that sprawl is associated with higher rates of obesity and people who spend more time in cars are more likely to be obese.
    “The take away message is that we’ve got to start building communities the way we used to,” said Reid Ewing, a research professor at University of Maryland’s national center for smart growth research and education in College Park. “Prior to World War II, we basically built walkable communities, but for last 60 years we’ve been building sprawl and people don’t have to be physically active as part of their daily lives.”
    Fighting obesity with architecture
    Building more walkable neighborhoods could be one strategy to fight the rising rates of obesity across the country, Smith said. “It’s very difficult to get people to change lifestyles but maybe we can change their environment to promote healthier outcomes,” he said.

    In the meantime, people may want to consider the walkability of neighborhoods when they move, Smith said. (The Web site Walk Score rates the walkability of particular addresses.)
    People who live in sprawling neighborhoods can still find ways to get in extra activity, such as playing sports, Ewing said. But walking alone isn’t enough to take off the pounds, diet is also important.

    For Crook, moving to a more walkable neighborhood helped her both eat healthier and get in more walking. She stocks up on fresh fruits and veggies during her trips to the local farmer’s market, which prompts her to cook more rather than eating out. She’s still losing weight, she says, and has had to replace all her jeans with smaller sizes.

  24. out with the old in with the newJuly 29, 2008 10:21 AM

    On if they will go after the LOG CABINS then we will be getting somewhere good.

    Out with the old, in with new.

  25. Preservation and revitalization is the goal. Don't like the Log Cabins? Move to Carlsbad. Oh wait, you can't afford it.

  26. out with the old in with the newJuly 29, 2008 12:08 PM

    Save the Log Cabins?? You must be nutts?? What a heaping pile of trash!!

    I can only hope that the city condemns them with eminent domain and resels the land to KLS to put in something nice.
    Q-What do the LOG CABINs add to Leucadia??

    Out with the old and in with the new!!

  27. I walked by the Log Cabins last weekend, they were swept and well kept, a big difference from years past. This town has bigger fish to fry than the Log Cabins. If you are worried about the Log Cabins then your head ain't screwed on straight

  28. La Especial has soggy tacos.

  29. hollywood suitJuly 30, 2008 7:09 PM

    "Soggy Tacos" is a great name for a band

  30. 12:08
    Ya got no soul.


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