There’s a hidden mural very few people see that celebrates downtown’s Little Italy community.
Neither drivers nor pedestrians can see it well, unless they head down little-used, alley-like California Street just south of Laurel Street.
I first saw this Little Italy mural because I often ride the Green Line trolley. As the San Diego Trolley rises high in the air to pass over busy Laurel Street, passengers looking down can see the artwork on a parking lot wall. The small lot is located behind a Valero gas station and Fairway Golf USA store, which are both on Pacific Highway.
I walked down California Street last weekend to get a good look at this great mural. It depicts the Little Italy landmark sign above fishing boats in a row by a pier.
Little Italy was once a center of the tuna fishing industry, which was very big in San Diego for much of the 20th century.
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