The walkability index is a guide that rates cities and neighborhoods based on proximity to nearby amenities such as grocery stores, restaurants, schools, parks, and public transit.
Here is Hayward’s data and a pretty cool map in which green is good and red is bad in terms of legging it around town. Notice that while the overall number isn’t very impressive, some areas of town are indeed very walkable according to their methodology. In particular, North Hayward is up there at 77, which isn’t bad considering the 85 rank enjoyed by the country’s two most walkable cities of New York and San Francisco. San Lorenzo also got a 58 overall score, while San Leandro was somewhat higher at 65. Castro Valley faired poor for walkers, with a score of 45.
Fun feature: Enter an address and find a walk score particular for where you are. I’ll have you know that the Daily Review’s address is a “Walker’s Paradise” with a score of 98. The Castro Valley neighborhood where I grew up rated a dismal, “Car-Dependent” score of 28, but I could have told you that it wasn’t much fun getting around pre-car without the rating.
Here’s the press release from Walk Score.
According to the website, “The 372 largest cities in California have an average Walk Score of 50. The most walkable cities in California are West Hollywood, Albany and San Francisco. The least walkable cities are Mead Valley, Prunedale and Adelanto.”
Posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Business, Castro Valley, Environment, General, Hayward, Health, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Transportation | 12 Comments »
Here’s what’s going on this week, according to the Review calendar and government listings. On Saturday, there’s going to be a ribbon-cutting dedication of Suzanne Gayle’s latest mural work at Winton Middle School. Press release, calendar after the jump: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Monday, May 9th, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Arts, Calendar, Entertainment, Hayward, Health, San Leandro, Schools | 2 Comments »
Had a story over the weekend about Chabot-Las Positas Community College District being the sole party still fighting the approved 600-megawatt Calpine powerplant at the Hayward shoreline, about a mile and a half away from the campus.
I just received a letter of support from the Chabot-Las Positas Faculty Association, which was sent to the district’s trustees. Find the full text after the jump, and here’s the district’s web page dedicated to the subject. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
Under: Development, Energy, Environment, General, Hayward, Health, San Lorenzo, Schools | No Comments »
There was a “Most Fabulous Event” contest from the party company that rents the big white tent that goes up for a week every year at St. Rose Hospital. The winner of the $10,000 prize was determined by a tally of Facebook votes.
If you’re on Facebook and follow Hayward folks, you’d know all about this — it was hard to avoid being hit up to vote for St. Rose’s “The Spectacular” event, pictured at right. Competition was tough, and included some heavy hitters, but late last week St. Rose was informed that they prevailed. Here’s their press release. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
Under: Entertainment, Hayward, Health, Odds & Ends | 1 Comment »
The City Council voted to have staff write up an ordinance that will ban any medical marijuana dispensaries from moving into town. That will make them the seventh Alameda County city to do so — Alameda, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Livermore and Pleasanton have such bans in place, according to a staff report. Dispensaries are allowed in Albany, Berkeley, Oakland and unincorporated Alameda County. There are two nearby AlCo dispensaries, in San Lorenzo and Cherryland.
Hayward remains the biggest AlCo city that doesn’t have a policy one way or the other. The city was considering prioritizing the matter last year, but did not do it. There was no mention of medical marijuana during the priority setting process this year.
Cities such as Oakland are looking at the industry as a potential boost to city coffers. Oakland has a business license tax on marijuana dispensaries, and it was estimated at San Leandro’s meeting that it brings in about $1.4 million each year, based on gross sales of $28 million.
Find Hayward’s story from last February after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Business, Castro Valley, Crime, Hayward, Health, San Leandro, San Lorenzo | 1 Comment »
Update: Here’s our story on the renovations. And here’s one on St. Rose entering a confidentiality agreement with Eden related to San Leandro Hospital.
After two years of construction, St. Rose Hospital now has more beds, and the whole facility has been retrofitted to comply with state seismic requirements through 2030. I’m headed out there later this afternoon to take a look, but find the press release below. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Thursday, February 10th, 2011
Under: General, Hayward, Health | 3 Comments »
The Hayward-based Family Emergency Shelter Coalition was named a 2010 Food and Shelter Award recipient for the second straight year.
The coalition is one of 76 nonprofits nationwide to receive the award, which is aimed at getting the word out about nonprofits rated highly by GreatNonprofits.org.
FESCO helps homeless families move toward self-sufficiency through services such as mental health counseling, money management and cooking classes. Its goal is to end homelessness in Alameda County. Read the press release after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Friday, January 28th, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Charity, Hayward, Health | No Comments »
UPDATE: Here is the story.
The EPA rejected all appeals regarding the federal air permit issued in February by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Calpine representatives say that was the final hurdle for the 600-megawatt facility near the Hayward shoreline; spoke briefly with opponents, who said there may be other ways to block it.
Working on a story for tomorrow, but find the Calpine release after the jump. Curious quote from Kim Huggett, the new president and CEO of Hayward’s Chamber of Commerce about how the power plant will “be a magnet for bringing new business to Hayward.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Friday, November 19th, 2010
Under: Alameda County, Business, Development, Energy, Environment, Hayward, Health, Schools | 52 Comments »
We had a story today about how a Cal State-based foundation scored a grant that’s going to be used to better the South Hayward community. It’s a rare thing — only one of 21 communities across the nation to get a “Promise Neighborhood” grant, which is modeled Harlem Children’s Zone. That program was created to give kids a chance to beat the surrounding conditions of poverty, with social and educational support. Check out the story for more information.
Posted on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
Under: General, Hayward, Health, Odds & Ends, Schools | 5 Comments »
Capt. Thor Poulsen, the Public Education Officer for the Hayward Fire Department, checks in with some advice on inclement weather:
Severe Winter Weather
The Hayward area is being pounded by a series of powerful storms driven from the Pacific this week. The most severe is scheduled to hit on Wednesday. The intense winds and rain have already caused power outages and flooding across low-lying areas. Please take the time now to prepare in advance and assure your family a safe winter as the storm passes through.
During Severe Winter Weather, if it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility of a flood. Listen to local radio or TV stations for flood information and know what the terminology means: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, General, Hayward, Health, Weather | 3 Comments »