June 29, 2011
This afternoon I walked several blocks of Redwood City with a friend who has lived there for several years. We started on El Camino and walked westward. I was struck by the high number of residences for renters--apartment complexes (from the 1950s or 1960s, we guessed) and houses that had been divided into rental units. There were a number of people, mostly young and Latino, out and about in this neighborhood; we were the only Anglos.
The neighborhood changed abruptly. On one side of a major cross-street, there were apartments and other rental properties with overgrown yards; on the other side of the street, there were houses with immaculate yards. And almost no people--the more suburban the neighborhood became, the sleepier it became.
We also came across two church buildings that I had not known existed--one belonging to a Southern Baptist Convention congregation and the other belonging to a Latino congregation. The second building was for sale. It wasn't clear to us that the church still gathers there.