Irvine’s expanding at a rapid pace. Four years ago an avocado orchard stood where I sit.
We have all the conveniences of a modern city. It’s built for the way people live now, not the 1600s.
On the other hand, it is homogenized. It’s very pretty. There is little charm.
Nearly every store is part of a chain. You can’t find a Lenny’s Indian Neck, Sergio’s, Greek Olive, Glenwood or Ray and Mike’s Deli.
Year’s ago I wrote how there would never be another Todd Street, the scarily meandering two lane road that climbed up into Mount Carmel near our home. Irvine is a perfect example of that prophecy.
Our streets are straight. Our intersections perpendicular. No driveways on main roads.
It’s all green and manicured. It would be better with roast beef on rye, sliced fresh and served with conversation.