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Downtown Walnut Creek Memory Map

Downtown Walnut Creek Memory Map
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The stomping ground of my youth. I saw this town turn from regular small town to abustling shopping destination with high-priced condos.

Mouseover for notes! I'll probably add more as I think of 'em...
Date: 2005-04-08 04:32:55

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Very cool! I enjoyed the tour.
eye2eye 2005-04-08 21:11:27
add the club LIPS (a great establishment for bored minority teens in the late 80s...hahahaha you probably don't even know where it was) it was around the corner from Lyons and many a night I would borrow my mom's car to profile in front of the club as a days
espressoDOM 2005-04-08 23:21:01
Did that club turn into Club Vertigo later on? I remember going to that when I was a teen... I'm not that much younger than you, Dom! :)
courtneyp 2005-04-09 00:26:46
but I wasn't sure if that was your scene...hahaha....
Lips became Vertigo....
yup I remember those days...
espressoDOM 2005-04-09 03:56:22
hell, when you're a bored teenager, you're up for pretty much any scene.
courtneyp 2005-04-09 04:30:23
here here..... it was all us East Bay kids had to do on a Friday or Saturday night.... (fond memories)
espressoDOM 2005-04-10 00:32:37
I came across this image today, and had a great time reading all of your memories. I too grew-up in Walnut Creek, but I believe it was a few, OK, OK, quite a few years before your time. When I was a child the intersection of Ygnacio and Main was on the edge of town, and had one of the very few traffic lights in town. In fact Ygnacio Valley Rd was a two lane country road, and when it rained they had to close it at Walnut Avenue due to flooding. Not far from where John Muir Hospital is now, was the slaughter house, and Heather Pond Park was just an old abandon race track surrounded by walnut, pear, and peach orchards. Ygnacio Valley High School had just opened its doors, and I want to say the population of the town at that time was around 25,000. I noticed that your father worked for BART. When I was a kid there wasn’t a BART. They had just started to build it. I attended the 1972 World Series Celebration in Oakland, and rode it for the first time. The entire length of the line was three stations in downtown Oakland. It was not even open in SF. I was invited to attend the opening ceremonies at the Concord station in May of 1973. The cost of a round trip ticket to Walnut Creek was about $0.60. Well thanks for the memories; it has been a blast to the past.
Will Crovo 2008-05-29 00:40:05
I'll have to dredge up my photos from Club Vertigo. I remember it being a no-alcohol hangout for teens in the early 90s, no?

But the thrust of your post here is absolutely correct: Walnut Creek is on the verge of becoming its own Palo Alto (but without the college town cachet). Lots of uber-rich yuppsters shopping and overpaying for lotsa crap.

Sad, reallly... but at least it's not Pleasanton!
beneficial gate 2010-02-23 10:28:03

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