… was quiet and included a long walk through the neighborhood, which has a variety of architecture, some brick, some adobe. There are these funny little round metal gadgets peeking up out of the ground. They are everywhere. Marcia explained they were sprinkler heads.
All that watering opportunity means lots of green lawn, and vast expanses along the main boulevards and in the medians. Marcia said those were considered parkland. I can’t imagine how much water it takes to keep them green. This year it’s not a problem, but what happens in drought times?
There’s also a whole battle going on over historic district designation. A number of older (1920s and later) buildings are being torn down and replaced by blocky looking structures that become eyesores among the gracious homes and small low-rise commercial properties.