Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Broken Promises

 In February 2000, a resolution was passed by the Bakersfield city council and signed by mayor Bob Price, stating that they would oppose a freeway alignment through the Westpark neighborhood.

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In May of 2001, then mayor Harvey Hall wrote a strongly worded memo stating the city would never sign a freeway agreement with Caltrans for any route passing through Westpark.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Disappearing one by one...

Looking northwest to Marella Way. Left to right, houses 4405, 4408, 4404 are visible.
(photo taken January 16, 2017)

4405 and 4404 have been demolished, only 4408 Marella Way remains.
(photo taken February 3, 2017)

(photo taken March 7, 2017)

Westpark over the years

Nothing but fields. California Ave didn't exist thru here at this time-- it ended at the 99 freeway.
Westpark in 1968. (courtesy

Stockdale Highway runs thru the center, the 99 is vertical along the right. Note the then new "California Ave Extension".
Westpark is located in the top right section: the street grid is visible, with the first houses on Del Rey Court.
May 1969 (courtesy USGS)
By 1981 the original development is complete. The houses to the west of Centennial Park have yet to be constructed.

Before/after looking northwest, showing the right-of-way for the future freeway thru Westpark.
March 2015 and October 2016.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

4404 Marella Way

Interior photos are further below.

This house was purchased new in July 1975 for $53,900. Sold to the city of Bakersfield in June 2016 for $240,000.
(photo taken September 6th, 2016)
4404 Marella Way in center, 4400 to the right. (photo taken November 23rd, 2016)
To the right, 4400 Marella Way has been demolished. (photo taken December 14th, 2016)
Under preparations for demolition. (photo taken January 5th, 2017)
(photo taken January 19th, 2017)
(photo taken January 19th, 2017)
(photo taken January 19th, 2017)
(photo taken January 19th, 2017)

(photo taken January 19th, 2017)
(photo taken January 21st, 2017)

4404 Marella Way, (videos)

Videos from January 19th, 2016.

Monday, March 6, 2017

4216 Hillsborough Drive

4216 Hillsborough Dr on left, 4212 on the right. (Photo taken September 6th, 2016)
(Street view from June 2014, courtesy of Bing/Microsoft)
Site of 4216 Hillsborough. (Photo taken December 17th, 2016)
Ads from the Bakersfield Californian newspaper, July 10th and October 10th, 1976.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Westpark Sales Ad

Courtesy of the Bakersfield Californian
From the April 7th, 1974 issue of the newspaper.
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The model house for the tract was at 4412 Marella Way.
From The Bakersfield Californian, Sunday, October 23rd, 1977.