There are other areas of the city that are doing well on the south end of the city like the Tower District. Its an older part of the city close to downtown that attracts a lot of the college kids, hipsters, and gays. Olive Avenue is the main drag in this neighborhood. Some of the surrounding streets also have restaurants, and night clubs as well. Also the area around Fresno City College (south side) have some of the city's most beautiful homes that aren't your typical mass produced modern home. There are some huge homes in this area, but mostly its just middle class. Old Fig Garden is also an area on the south side where the well to do live. I guess its more like the old money, because there is also Fig Garden (aka New Fig Garden) thats further north where you have a lot of newer custom built Mc Mansions. A cruise down Van Ness from downtown to the north end of the city is quite interesting. It would make you think everyone is rich in this city. It loaded too with huge tress, and is quite green and shady. There is also another street on the south end of the city that is breathtaking. Its Huntington Drive, and its about the only rich community that is out of place. Its so beautiful and I suspect this is where the well to do live long before Fresno expanded north. Surrounding this area is quite shocking because once you live this long single blvd of mansions and well manicure lawns, there is poverty all around it. Its not a total slum, but you know its the ghetto.
Now back to the far north side of the city is Riverpark. Its the big draw in the city today, and this is where they have one of those huge lifestyle centers with everything from a mutiplex movie theater, sports bars, restaurants, Barnes & Noble, and Borders Books. Fashion Fair Mall on Shaw has a lot of renewed interest as of late. They did some redesigning of the mall, and brought in chains such as the Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang, and a few other trendy spots.
Pretty much Fresno is a medium size city, but it also has a sort of college town culture. Yet as someone already mentioned many graduates leave Fresno for the bigger cities. Anyway I hope this adds to those interested in learning a little bit about the less known cities of California. Oh I almost forgot, the city has some of the worst fog I've seen anywhere. I swear you can't even see the road in front of your car, thats how thick it can be. San Francisco can't even compete when it comes who has the worst fog. Winter time can get depressing for some because you can go a month without ever seeing the sun. It just looks dark and dreary, and some days its almost hard to tell if it day or night because of the very thick fog. . Yeah its not what most outsiders would think about winter in a California city. In fact most of the valley is like this during the winter months, some cities have it worst than others, but its all (fog) pretty bad. It typical for the airports to close and even Fed-Ex have a different schedule (early pick up) during the winter because as the after roll around they often close the airport. A few times I was stuck in Fresno trying to get back to LA, and I ended up waiting all day and they may open the airport for a couple of hours and then close it again.
Edited by Chris-LA, 28 September 2006 - 01:51 PM.