Talmadge Gates - Theme Day street lights/street signs
Talmadge, a small community near San Diego State University, has gates on the sidewalks of the streets. If you say you live in Talmadge, you better be ready to hear, "do you live inside the gates?" (It raises your coolness factor by a few points if you can say 'yes.')
Talmadge was named after the wife of Joseph Schenck, (then President of United Artists), Norma Talmadge, and her sisters, Constance and Natalie. The three sisters were noted silent film stars. On January 3, 1926, the sisters hosted a dedication ceremony in Talmadge. More than 10,000 San Diego residents as well as famous actors Buster Keaton and William S. Hart were in attendance. The community was advertised as a self-sufficient community, a place from which "residents could send their children to school from Kindergarten through college and not have to move."
The Talmadge area was called by the San Diego Union newspaper on July 28, 1928, "the city's most attractive close-in residential tract." I don't know if it's still the *most* attractive, but it really is darn pretty there! More Talmadge info here.
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