In the March 1 issue, columnist Sandy Lippe (View from 52: “What’s in a name? For UC residents, plenty,” Page 9) is wrong to say, “West of Interstate 5 is La Jolla; east of Interstate 5 is University City.” The boundary of La Jolla has historically been old Highway US-101, which is now Gilman Drive south of the UCSD campus and North Torrey Pines Road north of the campus. Gilman Drive is the eastern limit of the city of San Diego’s La Jolla Community Plan and the edge of the jurisdiction of the La Jolla Community Planning Association.
I find it interesting when someone says Interstate 5 is the “natural” boundary of La Jolla. For several years in the early 1960s, huge yellow earthmovers ran back and forth from Rose Canyon up and past Del Mar, creating the cut where the freeway is now and depositing the dirt in the arroyos and lagoons along the way, building up the road. There is nothing natural about it.