I had low expectations for Livermore, CA. I was scared by visions of strip malls and tract homes. Instead, I discovered a healthy community with a thriving town center (it’s pedestrian-friendly!). Today I walked around Livermore and found trendy coffeshops, appealing thrift stores, and tempting organic markets. This town boasts a local symphony, a Hindu temple, and an impressive public library. Wow!
Why is Livermore unlike most NorCal towns? I see three reasons:
- Downtown Livermore is people-centric. The streets are lined with storefronts, not parking lots.
- The largest employer is Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This makes the average citizenry intelligent, vibrant, and sophisticated.
- Money, money, money. Livermore is an escape from San Francisco. . . for better and for worse. The 2007 median Livermore income is $96,632.
I’m here until September. Come visit and we’ll have fun.