Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Peek At Downtown Hayward


I have lived in Hayward, Ca for most of my life. I was "Made In Hayward"  as I went from K through my B.A. in the city. Hayward says it is the "Heart of the Bay" (some old-timers call it the liver) as it is in the middle if you were driving from San Jose to San Francisco. It was a working-class town when I was growing up. It thinks that it more upscale now as it is attracting more and more "techies" but it still has the gritty feel to it:

Old City Hall
The current City Hall
The Fire Department Downtown.
Downtown Post Office
Hayward's Downtown is always changing the as old business's leave and new ones come in:

B St-The main drag of downtown
The Green Shutter Hotel Building-home of many businesses and one of the oldest buildings in the city
One of the many antique stores in town
Outside of another store
One of the hipper stores downtown

Buffalo Bill's is a brewery (above) and a restaurant. They are famous for beer brewed below:

 

And there some other downtown touches:

The Portuguese Park
Newman Park

The Children's Memorial Statue. It is dedicated to all the children who have lost their lives to violence

And murals that are sprouting up:




Hope you enjoyed a small look at the downtown area of the place I have called home for most of my life.

36 comments:

  1. Looks nice and quaint there it reminded me of the places you used to see on Murder She Wrote (still repeated here) heheh!

    Have a tanfastic week and thanks for the tour :-)

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    1. LOL-They have cleaned up downtown big time in the last couple of years. Go right behind the new City Hall at the BART station and Hayward becomes a little seedy.

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I wonder what the story is behind Portuguese Park.

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    1. It was joint effort between Hayward and its sister city in Portugal to make a park that you typically see in Portugal.

      I should have explained it.

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  3. Amazing frotages! Thanks for sharing these quirky photos =) #ww

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  4. Sorry what I mean is **amazing frontages**

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  5. Wonderful murals. I don't know much about Hayward. I lived in SF and along the coast for 15 years. All I know from Hayward is that it was a stop along BART. Thanks for making it more interesting for me.

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    1. The less you know the better-LOL.

      They have really changed a lot in the last couple of years.

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  6. I enjoyed the tour around town and I didn't even have to leave my home in East Tennessee. :D Happy #WW!

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  7. I love those murals! I love the small town feel of the places you shared.

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    1. Thanks.

      The murals are new.

      Hayward is about 150,000 people. It is spread out.

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    1. Don't know about that.

      That is better than seedy and sketchy as it was back in the day.

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  9. Your city looks lovely! The coolest thing in my town is the Steampunk Treehouse at Dogfish Head Brewery. :D

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    1. Love the Treehouse.

      It is an interesting place.

      Thanks.

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  10. beautiful photographs,I like the architecture of the old city hall...

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    1. Wow, thank you.

      The old City Hal is great.

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  11. Truly I did enjoy it. I love antiques what a great store to have right there. The murals are fantastic. Thanks for sharing, and stopping by. Hope you make it a habit :) HUGS

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  12. looks like a really nice town. I like the murals - thanks for sharing - Happy WW :)

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    1. It is a decent town. Can be interesting at times.

      You are welcome.

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  13. I love old towns.... I live in a very old town. The buildings are just so interesting and full of character and everything has a deep sense of history. New and modern buildings can be beautiful of course too, but they don't have the same stories to whisper just yet. :)

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    1. I love the old buildings also. They are so cool.

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  14. That is a gorgeous town!!! Wish my town looked like that!

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    1. Thanks, the city leaders would love to hear that.

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  15. Such a pretty town! Love the statue!

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  16. Such a quaint looking town! Thanks for sharing with us!

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    1. You are you welcome.

      It is a pretty nice place to live.

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  17. That looks like so much fun! I would love it if you would share a picture on my Photo Friday Blog Party!

    http://jennymaire.blogspot.com/#

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  18. Nice. Now, how about a story about a tour of Mission Blvd, say, from Sycamore on down to Tennyson or Industrial?

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    1. That might be a good idea in the future. Thanks. I will take a look at that stretch.

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  19. You live in a beautiful town! Gorgeous photos#FTAF

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