There are many historic buildings in Riverside, including the Mission Inn, the largest Mission Revival structure the country, the Riverside County Historic Courthouse, designed in a Beaux-Arts style to mimic the Petit Palais in Paris, and the Riverside Fox Theater where Gone with the Wind first screened in 1939. Many homes built in the 19th century were designed in the Queen Anne style, but most have been lost to new developments. Riverside has the “World Largest Paper Cup,” located in front of the former Dixie Corporation’s manufacturing facility.
There are 28 neighborhoods within Riverside. Some of the most well-known include Eastside – once mainly inhabited by Mexican immigrants working in local agriculture, especially orange groves – Airport, Arlington Heights, and Wood Streets.
Riverside has 86,439 single-family homes, 2,340 multi-family homes, 1,294 apartments, 4,484 condo units and another 158 unclassified residential buildings. Commercial developments number 7,262, and there are 520 mixed use buildings, and just over 2,000 vacant lots.
There are three major freeways that go through or near Riverside: the I-215, SR60 and SR91. Two Metrolink commuter rail stations offer train services to Los Angeles, one downtown and one on La Sierra Boulevard. Local bus service is overseen by the Riverside Transit Agency.
There are two public school districts in Riverside. Riverside Unified School District covers the eastern portion of the city and includes almost a dozen high schools. Alvord Unified School District serves the western portion of the city and offers both traditional high schools and continuation high schools. Sherman Indian High School of the Bureau of Indian Education and California School for the Deaf–Riverside are two of the specialty schools in the city. There are a number of colleges and universities in Riverside, including California Baptist University, University of California Riverside, and California Southern Law School.
There are more than a dozen hospitals and medical facilities within a 10-mile radius of Riverside. The top-rated hospital in the city is Eisenhower Medical Center. It’s home to 381 beds and has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The emergency room sees about 80,000 patients per year and around 20,000 inpatient and outpatient surgeries are performed.
According to the FBI’s crime reporting statistics, both violent crime and property crime declined significantly between 2002 and 2012. Project Bridge, an anti-gang program, is run by the Riverside Park and Recreation Department. FBI statistics in 2015 show 1,441 reported violent crimes and 10,531 property crimes. In that same year, the Riverside Police Department was the only one of the 60 largest police departments in the country without any officer-involved fatalities.
Shoppers have plenty to do in Riverside and are likely to be found in the open-air Riverside Plaza, Galleria at Tyler regional mall, or Main Street downtown with the unique boutiques that can be found in the pedestrian mall. Museum fans can also pick and choose from options such as March Air Field, Riverside National Cemetery, California State Historic Park, and Riverside Metropolitan Museum.
Celebratory dinners are often held at upscale dining options like Duane’s Prime Steaks, Mario’s Place for Italian fare, and French eats at Le Chat Noir. Popular casual eateries include Tio’s Tacos, and there’s pizza at the Woodfire Café and sandwiches at D’Elia’s Grinders or The Upper Crust.
Adults can enjoy themselves at the speakeasy-styled ProAbition Kitchen & Whiskey Lounge, sip from cocktails at W. Wolfskill, or try a local beer at Duke’s Bar and Grill.