Year: 2006

Riverside embraces the ‘Lights’

Riverside embraces the ‘Lights’

Now that the Orange Blossom Festival is officially kaput, officials in Riverside are eyeing an enlarged Festival of Lights as a quasi-replacement for the annual citrus celebration. Already a great success in its own right, the annual FOL draws tens of thousands of visitors from throughout Southern California during the winter holidays. The centerpiece of…

Out & About – 09/24/2006
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Out & About – 09/24/2006

Sunday, September 24, 2006 – A few photos and thoughts while browsing various new home developments in both Riverside and Corona. The trip begins with the Alta Cresta development in southeastern Riverside. In most respects, Alta Cresta is the second major phase of the city’s master-planned Orangecrest development, both of which actually began as county…

Endorsement boosts proposed med school

A proposed medical school for UC Riverside received an important endorsement this week as an advisory group recommended the continuation of planning to the UC Regents: Rory Hume, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and co-chairman of an advisory group to UC President Robert Dynes, told a UC Board of Regents’ committee meeting…

Smart Park revised

Smart Park revised

Just as Riverside was about to roll out its new “Smart Park” parking plan for downtown, city officials decided to make some minor, yet significant changes, most of which were the result of complaints. Gone are the multiple rates and times of enforcement — they’re now uniform at all Smart Park locations ($1/hr, 8 a.m….

Giant Orange ArtVenture

Giant Orange ArtVenture

This weekend marks the last time you’ll be able to see all (or nearly all) of the large “art” oranges in downtown Riverside as the very successful “The Giant Orange Artventure” is coming to an end. Last June, after many months of artistic preparation, 32 fiberglass oranges were “planted” in various locations throughout downtown. Each…

Smart Park

Smart Park

This month, the City of Riverside rolls out a new parking plan for downtown. In short, parking within most areas of the downtown core during weekday business hours now requires payment and/or validation. In essence, the city has divided up the downtown business core into 3 parking zones: 2-hour, 4-hour and city-owned parking garages. Parking…

Superfluous suburban names

Superfluous suburban names

A recent posting at DenverInfill Blog regarding the various marketing ploys behind the naming of new residential subdivisions caught our eye, if only because the phenomenon described, er panned, indeed is quite evident here within Inland Southern California. In today’s “image is everything” marketing world, the need for new housing developments to have catchy names…

Welcome race fans

Welcome race fans

For nearly 10 years, California Speedway in Fontana has been welcoming race fans to Inland Southern California. However, local officials admit Fontana — and the region as a whole — hasn’t fully capitalized on the racetrack’s success and popularity by giving fans something else to do while in town, particularly within the area immediately adjacent…