Central Modesto

Central Modesto


Central Modesto is where one goes to find entertainment or shopping goods. The Gallo Center for the Arts, the Modesto Library, Lincoln School Shopping Center, State Theatre of Modesto, Greyhound Station, Doctors Medical Center of Modesto, and more are located in the central region of Modesto. Some central neighborhoods are the Sylvan/Coffee neighborhood, the Airport Area, and Downtown Modesto.

Sylvan/Coffee Neighborhood

The Sylvan Coffee Neighborhood is located near the Fred C. Beyer High School, parks, and shopping centers. The neighborhood consists of single family homes with swimming pools, front lawns and cul-de-sacs where the residents bring home a median household income of $78,910, and an average household size of 3 people. There are optometrists, government buildings and college planning centers located in this centrally located area. With street names like Grand Prix Drive and Lamborghini Lane, the Sylvan/Coffee neighborhoods are well maintained and are speckled with city parks, such as Sylvan Park, Beyer Park, Sherwood Park, and Naraghi Lake, where residents can take their dogs for a walk or go on a run.

Airport Area

The Airport Area is bordered by Yosemite Boulevard, the Modesto Airport, the Tuolumne River and E & J Gallo Winery. Dust Bowl immigrants referred t o this area as “Little Oklahoma” in the 1930’s, and it’s now home to about 500 households. This area was hit hard by the economic crisis, and has a disproportionate concentration of foreclosed homes, and 30% lie vacant. In 2009, the median price for a house in the Airport Area was $37,000. The infrastructure in this neighborhood is in disrepair, where many streets lack sidewalks and operate on septic systems.

Downtown

Downtown Modesto has experienced revitalization over the past ten years, which include attractions such as the Gallo Center for the Arts and Downtown Plaza. Plans for the area include projects such as a 7-story mixed use building on 10th and H Street, and an 8 story condominium complex on 14th and J Street. The future California light rail is foreseen to pass through the proposed downtown station to make Modesto a regional hub for transit and business between Sacramento and Los Angeles. Smart growth strategies of mixed use buildings located within walking distance of public transit stations are in sight of Modesto city planners.




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