Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008 | While house hunting in San Diego in November 1972, my husband and I had narrowed our selection to two new housing developments, one in the University City area and the other in northwest Clairemont. We spent three hours driving back and forth across Governor Drive, weighing the pros and cons of each.

There were two deciding factors that contributed to our decision. The first was the empty lot above the new tract, which when pressed, the realtor admitted was owned by what was then San Diego City Schools. It was the site of University City High School. The other determiner was the flight path of Miramar. We had spent two years on an Air Force base and elected not to live directly under the flight path. Miramar was in place prior to both the expanding residential area and the high school, not the opposite.

We mourn the deaths of the family members from the crash site. However, more than 600 individuals die in car related accidents weekly in the United States. So far there is no moratorium on driving on our highways.

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