CSUF south to Ashlan, back through neighborhoods. Thoughts on Walk #9, Fresno State south to Ashlan. The word for this walk was housing. That refers to the many housing options in this area. Apartments, condos, duplexes, homes on large lots, and home close together. This walk started at 7 am because it was extra hot, so there were very few people out walking. But lots of traffic noise, on Shaw, Ashlan, Hwy 168, and plane noise from the Fresno airport. I walked through neighborhood streets that dead ended where Hwy 168 went in about 10 years ago. I noticed lawns getting brown. And in neighborhoods that already have signs of neglect, brown lawns and dead trees do not help. It felt good to be walking distance from Fresno State, shopping, Starbucks, and Chipotle. So even though some of the apartments are neglected, a few boarded up windows, the close proximity to the university and other services added a sense of life to the space. There were fewer fences on this walk than other walks. Apartments had attractive wood fences instead of the many black bar fences found in other neighborhoods. There were fewer front-yard fences in these neighborhoods. The saddest apartments are south facing on Ashlan with no shade. And there’s just a few feet of brown grass between the thin windows and busy Ashlan Ave. There were very few people outside early on this Saturday morning. I did not see people who were sleeping and living outside. They may have been there, but I did not see them. The Vinland Park was well kept, and in contrast to other city parks we’ve walked, this one had no shopping carts or people sleeping. The flood control area was very green and the gate was open for people to enjoy. There is a very interesting neighborhood across Shaw south of Fresno State. Homes on large lots, probably built in 60s or 70s, custom, with interesting architecture. Some are neglected, but others well kept and interesting.I’m glad to know of the variety of housing options this close to Fresno State. This walk had more traffic noise than other walks, but I was grateful for the shade trees and early morning birds.
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