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Should Mission Hills get an iconic overhead street sign?

Thel Mission Hills sign is located on Washington near Goldfinch.
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Winnie R.

Some people in the neighborhood of Mission Hills are debating whether or not that district should rally among residents to get an iconic overhead street sign made, welcoming people into the area as so many other districts do already. 

From Hillcrest to Imperial Beach, there are arching beacons that welcome guests into their communities.

A Nextdoor social app user David Ramos from Mission Hills South posed the question to followers of the Midtown feed, and he got mixed answers.

“Anyone else think that Mission Hills should move the original Missions Hills lighted sign onto a more prominent sign that arches over Washington Boulevard?” Ramos wrote. “Perhaps over Washington near Goldfinch? Similar to what many other neighborhoods have now.”

Some responders to the query were on-board with the idea and think it would be an inclusive tie-in to the rest of the historic San Diego neighborhoods which already have them. 

“I love the neighborhood signs. They are such a part of SD county, introducing our different communities. Let's not be elitist. Let's join the fun! Thank you.” -- Sheila Best

But others like that Mission Hills is different and have their own way of displaying the neighborhood entrance in the form of a large green neon sign located on Washington Street which leads into a brick-walled courtyard. 

“The Green sign is newer and was part of that redevelopment in the 2000's,” writes Joaquin Blanco on Nextdoor. “There are also these tiled monuments done in I think 2014. I think Mission Hills is the only one of the old neighborhoods that does not have an iconic entrance sign like North Park, Kensington, Little Italy, etc. The one in Barrio Logan is actually really cool as well. Maybe some of the people on here might have more insight why they never built one in the past.”

Deborah Gostin of Hillcrest Central, says the current sign was placed in its current position because of the Mission Hills business improvement district. She doesn’t think that should change.

She writes on Nextdoor: “It's not like Mission Hills needs to welcome people to the area in the same fashion the other neighborhoods do. It's a mix of quieter and quaint, with higher-end homes and businesses, with some fun and artsy stuff mixed in. Mission Hills doesn't need to add a large bright sign letting people know they're in MH. It would be overkill!”

Midtown and downtown communities all share some form of neighborhood welcome signage set prominently in the street, whether it be the earthbound large neon entrance to El Cajon Boulevard, or the homage to the cable cars of yesteryear which hangs over Park Boulevard in University Heights, these beacons range from brightly colorful to subtly lit. 

Historic Mission Hills Facebook page also posed the question about having an overhanging welcome landmark as well.

Moderators of that page say the current green neon structure dates back to the 1950s.

Only one person reponded to that post simply saying, "Yes."

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