|I included the pre WWII portion of Forest which starts at Vine Valley and moves towards the eastern border. I also excluded anything south of Lincoln Hwy. The borough was named after Forest Hills Queens New York.|
This is an attractive bedroom community where half of the Borough developed before WWII (the portion I am evaluating) and the other half developed primarily in the 50s & 60s. While Lincoln Highway is mostly auto centric, it hosts a couple blocks of cohesive urban commercial with several diverse store fronts. Unfortunately there are no traffic calming features here to provide a more pleasant experience for pedestrians who are forced right up to the curb. Other attractions to Forest Hills are its affordable homeownership quality parks & recreation, and convenient access to Downtown and Oakland.
Other than improving the quality of its modest commercial district I ‘d love to see more bike and retail amenities in Forest Hills. It would be great if a concerted effort went into expanding the existing urban commercial area with quality in-fill. This could be a very attractive urban node.
|* Good access to downtown about a 20 minute drive and 40-45 bus ride. About the same distance to Oakland.|
* Mostly middle class households here but good economic diversity. Over 50% of households are families but very old median age.
* Lots of affordable for sale options here ranging from 50K to the low 200Ks.
* Excellent tree cover.
* Decent parks and recreation including a playground. several ball fields. Lots of recreational amenities on the periphery of this study area as well.
* Pretty safe community overall with limited blight.
* Sidewalks are pretty consistent throughout but up to date ADA curb ramps is rare.
* Attractive historic retail and residential architecture.
|* Bike infrastructure in Forest Hills.|
* Racial diversity it limited.
* Some rentals available and generally pretty affordable.
* Cultural amenities are limited to a handful of restaurants and bars, and the Eastside Gallery.
* Retail amenities is a bit better with a modest array of amenities along the two block urban business district on Lincoln Hwy. Chain amenities further down in the Ardmore strip mall (Aldi’s, drug store, bank, Sherwin-Williams etc.). Also a public library in Forest Hills.
* No schools within walking distance of the urban portion of Forest Hills. There are however several schools within a 5-10 minute drive.
* While there are a couple blocks of decent urban form along Lincoln Highway sidewalks are right next to a highspeed Blvd. The blvd quickly becomes autocentric outside of this two block area.