Five Points in Riverside seems to be a lot like the East Village in Long Beach. Park and King, also in Riverside, is an up-and-comer. Riverside is a model for inclusiveness, and it's somewhat artist-friendly.
What Jacksonville dubs as graffiti, Long Beach embraces as art, and pays to have it adorn the sides of buildings, electrical boxes on the curb, and yup, sidewalks.
The East Village Arts District is also home to Soundwalk, a unique sound art festival, which began in 2004. Soundwalk is a series of site specific sound installations and sound art performances and attracts renowned sound artists from around the world.
When things happen here, they don't take 10,000 years to complete. Work happens daily, without delay, until the job gets done. The city and its community groups and agencies take responsibility for making Long Beach a great city to live, work, and play in. They don't point fingers, they don't look the other way, they work together and make good things happen. And here is a mind blowing concept. THEY COMMUNICATE! I must too make a strong supporting â€œwhoot whootâ€ for the nine council members of Long Beach. They get it, they are aware, and they listen to their neighborhoods and actively lead a multitude of unique programs for the betterment of their hood. Sounds pretty perfect and the ironic thing is I would not have ever had this epiphany had I never spent extended time in Jacksonville. Jacksonville can learn from Long Beach. I say it's time to learn, aw hell, its past time to learn, time to get out there and just do it.