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RIVERSIDE | Development News

Ok..these are a few pictures of Riverside, California. One of a few cities that has a 'historic' downtown. It's about 45 mintues east of LA and as you can clearly see, has a very European feel to it. In 1871, Riverside became the birthplace of Southern California's highly successful navel orange industry. By 1895 -- with the strength from early incarnations of the world-famous Sunkist citrus consortium -- Riverside was listed as the richest city per capita in the United States. Today, a state park commemorates the city's historical role all the while vast navel orange groves still remain along the city's southern edge.

Fun Fact: Riverside was the first city that showed 'Gone with the Wind'










Comments welcome of course. :)
 

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Yea why don't you try showing them the other aspect of Riverside. Riverside is UGLY. If you ever drive through you'll be like UGGGHHHH. Reminds me of Barstow. And that is definitely not a good thing.
 

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^glad to see your trying to live up to your name, ego killer....

Great pics, BTW
Just speaking the truth. From someone who has lived close enough to it, and been through it enough times to have a strong opinion on it.
 

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Cathedral City using eminent domain to revamp downtown

RaNeeka J. Claxton
The Desert Sun
February 14, 2007

CATHEDRAL CITY - El Gallito and the Red Tomato fought a public battle last summer with advertising pleas and signature campaigns to hold on tooth-and-nail against Cathedral City's downtown redevelopment wrecking ball.

But behind the landmark restaurants that now get to stay, other story lines are playing out in the city's quest to revamp downtown through eminent domain.

Welcome to First Street, a modest neighborhood of small colorful buildings, where sugar cane grows in yards and close-knit neighbors cook tacos on a grill, laughing and joking in Spanish.

Most in the neighborhood say they expect to eventually be uprooted.

Others are less resigned, and say their properties are worth more than what the city is offering.

Redevelopment Director Janet Davison and City Council members said they can't comment about individual cases under negotiation.

But the latest redevelopment plans, expected to come out at tonight's City Council meeting, include residences and businesses on 23 acres just east of the Civic Center.

Wessman Development and California Development Enterprises Inc. have teamed up to form Cathedral City Town Center Venture for the project.

The plan is to build a mixed-use neighborhood with town homes, an eight-story building, a pharmacy, market, bank, fitness center, bookstore, restaurants, boutiques and a hotel at Palm Canyon Drive and Allen Avenue, said Candace Casey, senior vice president of California Development Enterprises Inc.

Though still in the concept stages, Casey said potential tenants are CVS or Walgreens, and a specialty foods market.

"We are looking for Cathedral City to be an economic development hub," said Cathedral City Mayor Kathy DeRosa.

The expected revenue is not yet known, DeRosa said. The project won't break ground for another three years.

Leonard Gilroy with the Reason Foundation, a Los Angeles nonprofit dedicated to individual liberty and limited government, criticizes the use of eminent domain.

Cities are "displacing existing homes and small-business owners to try to pursue utopian redevelopment schemes that often don't pan out," he said. And they're "sending a message that modest neighborhoods, vibrant business and families that have been there for decades matter less than economic development."

Cathedral City has used eminent domain - the government's right to take private property for public use - since the mid-1990s to make way for high-profile projects that have attracted shoppers and tourists. That lists includes the Town Square, Fountain of Life, Desert IMAX and Mary Pickford theaters and the Pickfair Promenade, said City Manager Don Bradley.

The area used to be a mobile home park.

This latest project "will be to benefit the community as a whole," Bradley said.

'Labor of love'
In the heart of downtown Cathedral City, there's a big Central American family.

Some are from Mexico and Honduras; others are from Guatemala and El Salvador.

They make up the social fabric of a nine-unit, low-income apartment complex painted in green, blue, pink and yellow. Many have called this place home since its doors opened 15 years ago.

But the little community will go away when Cathedral City and complex owner Margery St. Anthony reach an agreement to buy out the property for redevelopment.

"They tell me they are going to win no matter what because this is progress, and I understand that," St. Anthony said. "I love Cathedral City, so I want to see it beautiful. But some of it has to go. It's had its time."

The complex is occupied by five families. St. Anthony hand-decorated the building with mosaic tiles, turquoise pebbles, blue picket fences and painted designs.

Some families grow sugarcane and beans in the front of their apartments, and resident Salvador Coreas, 63, maintains many bright petunias in the yard with his landscaping expertise.

A stray, brown-and-white dog has made his home there, too, as the community pet.

"This has been a labor of love for me," said St. Anthony, 65, of Cathedral City. "I hate to see them go."

St. Anthony wouldn't reveal the amount the city has offered, but said she feels it's worth more.

Whatever money she gets will be used as her retirement, and the tenants will be well cared for, she said.

The residents, who all want to look for a place nearby, will get relocation help.

Coreas lives in a two-bedroom apartment with his wife and two adult children.

"I feel very bad," he said in Spanish. Coreas has lived in the complex since it opened. "I have plenty of friends here. I'm accustomed to living here."

But "if they give me a house, it'd be a dream," Coreas said.

'I don't think I deserve this'
Across the street, Pomposa "Maria" Garcia has made her living for the past 14 years inside a tiny building that reads "DRESSMAKER."

There, Garcia runs her business, Creative Cottons & Alterations.

The back door leads to her home - a few steps away - that she's owned for the same amount of time. Her sister rents the other half of the house.

"It's good this way," Garcia said. "I'm happy."

Garcia is upset with what the city offered her, saying it's not enough for her to start over since the housing market went through the roof.

"I feel abused because I am a poor person," a frustrated Garcia said. "I am the only income in the family."

The Cathedral City Redevelopment Agency sent Garcia a letter Sept. 18 offering to buy the two properties for $450,000 - the fair market value determined by a city-hired appraiser.

According to December and January loan statements Garcia shared with The Desert Sun, she owes about $406,000 for both properties.

"If they give me $450,000, what am I going to have to go out?" Garcia said.

She'd have about $44,000 to get a new home and business in today's challenging real estate market, she said.

Garcia appealed Jan. 16, asking for $900,000.

Davison wrote back that the amount was far in excess of fair market value.

If Pomposa Garcia feels that $450,000 isn't the fair market value of her home and business property, "she certainly can hire an appraiser," said the city attorney Duff Murphy.

Garcia also doesn't qualify for residential relocation assistance like others in the area because she didn't move into her home in time. She had been renting it out previously.

Garcia said she wants to hire an attorney, but can't afford it.

"I don't think I deserve this," she said.
 

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I see we will have a sticky thread for every County in the Southland?
 

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So now we have:

Downtown LA
Hollywood
Wilshire
Long Beach
LA Metro
Orange County
Inland Empire

Are we missing anything else? I think a San Fernando Valley one is possible and then we must stop with these. The remaining stuff (Marina Del Rey, Playa Vista, San Pedro, Pasadena, etc.) can all go in the LA Metro thread.
 

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Actually, let's rename the Universal City TOD thread "SAN FERNANDO VALLEY: Projects and Developments" since TOD forms the basis of what is going on in the Valley.
 

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Actually, let's rename the Universal City TOD thread "SAN FERNANDO VALLEY: Projects and Developments" since TOD forms the basis of what is going on in the Valley.


^^ Yup yup that sounds like a swell idea!!!
 

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what no SGV? there is a massive new grocery store construction just starting on atlantic and valley in alhambra. i think its alhambra town center or atlantic town center. anyhow i think i might grab some picks of it this weekend.

...but no one cares about "suburbs"
 

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what no SGV? there is a massive new grocery store construction just starting on atlantic and valley in alhambra. i think its alhambra town center or atlantic town center. anyhow i think i might grab some picks of it this weekend.

...but no one cares about "suburbs"


:pet: Everything will be OK. We will add SGV to the LA Metro threads and yes please do provide us with the Worls Famous Grocery Store PIX. It will be much appreciated there. Many thanks in advanced!
 

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Victoria Gardens to add Puma, others

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 6, 2007

By LOU HIRSH
The Press-Enterprise

Add a shoe-shopping trip to a new concept store, followed by dinner at an upscale steakhouse, to the list of things soon available to do at still-growing Victoria Gardens.

The Rancho Cucamonga retail center will be home to a 3,609-square-foot Puma store by early March. The store will feature shoes, apparel and other active-lifestyle accessories. The store, to be located on Kew Avenue next to Oakley, will feature the company's new "ship container" concept, with fixtures mounted on walls, laid on floors or suspended from ceilings.

"This is the third concept store in the country that they've set up like this," said Glenn Miller, director of marketing for Victoria Gardens. "They also have these in Portland and New York City."

Tom Ulrich, senior vice president of retail for Puma North America, called the Inland area "one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing areas in the U.S.," and said this location will be key to Puma's expansion.

On Feb. 17, Newport Beach-based Fleming's is slated to open its latest steakhouse and second Inland location at 7905 Monet Ave. The chain also features chops, seafood, chicken and a wine list with more than 100 selections. Fleming's other location is in Rancho Mirage.

Russ Bendel, assistant manager of the new Fleming's location, said the 7,500-square-foot restaurant will seat 258, with areas for private parties. While the interior will be similar to the company's other restaurants, the exterior has been done in a 1960s-style architecture to match the décor of that portion of Victoria Gardens.

Other new businesses due at Victoria Gardens include sporting-goods retailer Bass Pro Shop; seafood eatery Harry's Pacific Grill; Japanese restaurant Gyu-Kaku; and yogurt shop Pinkberry.
 

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Weee! I live in Riverside. Our city is booming (by I.E. standards).

Msole' (Downtown Riverside)


Fox Plaza (Downtown Riverside)




Fox Theatre -It's going to be turned into a preforming arts center (Downtown Riverside)
 

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since you live in riverside do you think you can provide some pictures of the Galleria Mall expansion?? I don't get to go up there much so I'm not sure whats going on but what I have heard sounds exciting!!
 

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since you live in riverside do you think you can provide some pictures of the Galleria Mall expansion?? I don't get to go up there much so I'm not sure whats going on but what I have heard sounds exciting!!
I live near the mall, but unfortunately no pictures... There's not that much that they're doing though, basically: more parking, 16 screen AMC theatre, new restaurants and new shops
 

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since you live in riverside do you think you can provide some pictures of the Galleria Mall expansion?? I don't get to go up there much so I'm not sure whats going on but what I have heard sounds exciting!!
Well...PF Chang's and Cheesecake Factory opened in late November. The movie theater as well as some more stores will open in December. Nothing mindblowing but it's good for I.E. standards.
 
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