Does Alamo really exist?
Original post made by Carter Dobbs on Jan 13, 2008
I have been reading many messages from Alamo California that explain that Alamo is little more than a ZIP code. Does Alamo really exist?
Yahoo maps show Alamo California as a small area connected to a major city, Walnut Creek California. Is Alamo becoming neighborhoods in Walnut Creek?
"Dear Carter and neighbors,
Alamo California is not a community where the majority of residents are active in community interests. Alamo is a collection of small neighborhoods that are their own community and culture. Among the younger majority, Walnut Creek is considered downtown and primary shopping and entertainment destination. Among the older, long-term residents, as a small minority in Alamo, Danville California is considered their downtown and cultural connection.
Walnut Creek is urban luxury with a large shopping area, Broadway Plaza, and excellent restaurants and entertainment. Danville remains under-developed as a retail and entertainment center and is surrounded by a sprawl of homes built in the last 10-15 years. Walnut Creek is an elegant part of the San Francisco Bay Area and Danville is Los Angelized sprawl without context in our Bay Area.
In general, leadership creates community and Alamo has none. The various community groups communicate with less that 700 of the 5400+ residences in Alamo. The county agencies and community council in Alamo have only a handful of participants and no major role in building a community among the majority of residents.
Thus, it is appropriate to say Alamo California does not exist as a community and is simply a ZIP code for a collection of neighborhoods."
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