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Old Posted Mar 5, 2008, 8:56 AM
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santa rosa, ca: largest city in sonoma wine country/north bay (sf bay area): 300 pix!

some background:

santa rosa is the county seat of sonoma county in ca. as of jan 1, 07, the population was 157,985, making it the largest city in california's wine country and 5th largest in the bay area after san jose, san francisco, oakland and fremont.

more than 7.4 million visit the county as tourists each year.

not having to work - i grabbed my camera and my water bottle, and off i went to document my hometown as best as i could.

so yea, all photos are mine, and all were taken 03.04.08. theres actually a little less than 300, but there were over 400 originally.

my view from one of my windows: ah spring in the air


courtyard


outside view


now off we go


first off, the mcdonald historic neighborhood


what, u didnt believe me?








the cathedral house






round-about






wanna play?








just drive slow please




















mableton






symbiotic relationship








pedestrian cut-thru


my work: the neighborhood grocery - i believe it was in the movie 'scream' (but i havent seen it to be honest)






santa rosas rural cemetery - a popular dog walking destination












2 playing (or mating?)


























peace




the jc neighborhood - more mixed income than the mcdonald area












mini-labyrinth










u can see the junior college










santa rosa high is directly adjacent to the jc




the j sizzle's parking garage




fountaingrove's million dollar hillside homes


some good views








the high skool next door




back on the ground


new library






each photo has an oak, man they make this campus beautiful










wait a second....


the clock tower is actually attached to the parking garage, how classy








heading downtown






another historic district








freeway widening (adding a carpool lane to the 101)








theres a lot of historic districts surrounding downtown - yup, that means no high-rises




more freeway construction inconveniences




new mixed-use completed!




a beauty








looking down where i just was








fountaingrove again


sonoma co museum










mall




4th st




empire bldg


courthouse square




more 4th st














awaiting new development


fremont park


cancer survivors plaza








luther burbank savings


gift from sister city in s korea




ped walkway


more 4th st












3rd st


my favorite of the bunch: overview of courthouse square:








i see u!




ur tax dollars at work
















city hall






7 stories up:




edge


geometry


golden gate transit


repetition


i wonder if anybody actually goes out on one of those balconies?


traversos, and the mall behind it


cant get enough shapes






a 7-story deep cavern between bldgs


the greenway is on the left


majestic taylor mtn, a park at the head of the greenway is about to open






awning for nothing/nobody






state bldg


entrance to prince memorial greenway


santa rosa creek


the new park


a gathering/presentation at city hall


no caption necessary








round-a-bout cul-de-sac


paradise












i entered the complex from the top






water feature: overview


water feature: close-up


looking out of the gardens toward julliard park


julliard


peeking back into the gardens


new park


a water feature to play in?!?!?














construction during freeway widening






back out into the open sun


i think i see some balls!






a water-wall


a hotel of course












did someone die in there or something?




the metal shimmering sculpture (like the alhambra trucks)








railroad square historic district




railroad square


some of santa rosas best eateries are right here






omelette express is the bomb


so is sushi to dai for


mixed-use














future Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) line


santa rosa station (now a ca welcome center)


future mixed used development site




friends




more freeway widening


old and new




4th st cut thru


looking out on 4th from the mall




looking down mendocino


looking up mendo


not quite tho safe to cross






peeking


fountaingrove


5th st






ruined hillside


new development






enough walking 4 today, ill think ill skip the y


thanks for joining me!
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Old Posted Mar 5, 2008, 3:59 PM
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I'm overwhelmed! Thanks for the tour and taking time to add so many photos in one post! What an interesting mixture of architectural styles.
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Old Posted Mar 5, 2008, 5:49 PM
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It's so very . . . wine country.

Seriously, I can't even imagine how much work it was to upload all those. Thanks for doing it.
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Talk about leaving no stone unturned! It must have taken hours to put this together. Thanks for the effort.

I've wanted to visit the Luther Burbank Gardens since I saw Huell Howser do a show on it some time ago. Has it been updated? I seem to remember it looking more rustic.
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Old Posted Mar 5, 2008, 10:16 PM
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What a great tour! I still have never made it to Santa Rosa, but, I knew a bunch of people who moved there for junior college. Downtown looks great and it's nice other neighborhoods as well.
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thanks for the comments guys!

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I've wanted to visit the Luther Burbank Gardens since I saw Huell Howser do a show on it some time ago. Has it been updated? I seem to remember it looking more rustic.
honestly, i hardly ever go to the gardens. the brochure says that a revitalization project was completed in 1992, featuring more "burbank-related plant material" and making structural repairs.

since were on this topic, let me include my favorite burbank quote (made when he first arrived in santa rosa in 1875):

Quote:
"i firmly believe, from what i have seen, that this is the chosen spot of all this earth as far as Nature is concerned."
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Wow. I'm surprised I was able to view this thread. Usually photo threads this large freeze up my computer... but I think the picture size made it possible to not overload my computer and freeze it up.

Santa Rosa definitely looks like a nice area. I'd love to head there from some wine tasting. Thanks for the great photo tour!
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Nice views of what looks like a nice place. Thanks!
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Santa Rosa looks so Colonial!
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It never ceases to amaze me how ugly California is.

Seriously, Santa Rosa is a beautiful place and it looks like you had a beautiful day to take those pics. I love the Charles Shulz statue and museum there.
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Thanks for the tour! I've never seen Santa Rosa before. It looks like a very pleasant little city.
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Old Posted Mar 21, 2008, 10:29 AM
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I'd also like to point out - Santa Rosa is also a relatively important regional transit hub, with four systems (Golden Gate Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus, Sonoma County Transit, VINE) meeting at their transit center, as well as various Airporters and shuttles.
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Old Posted Mar 22, 2008, 8:41 PM
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^ thats right, sf_eddo. theres also santa rosa airport with commercial service to seattle, portland, la and las vegas (some of those flights wont start til april)
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Cool shots. Thanks for sharing. I want to visit the burbank home; how easy is it to take public transit from the city to there? or should i just rent a car?
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one of the things i love about norcal is the random conifers scattered about the landscape which you just don't see here in LA
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Enjoyed your post....good work!
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Old Posted Mar 23, 2008, 2:07 AM
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how easy is it to take public transit from the city to there? or should i just rent a car?
golden gate transit from transbay to santa rosa is like 2 hrs (i think they have express ones during rush hour)

id rent a car
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Looks nice, those pics give me holiday feelings...
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Lovely city... I'd like to visit that part of the state sometime...
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