Economically bereft since the Navy pulled out in 1996, then pounded by the housing bubble a decade later, Vallejo’s charms are shrouded under a bad reputation. Those of us who live here know a different Vallejo. This web site was created to tell our story.
Vallejo is home to architecture by masters like Julia Morgan. Exquisite books from the 15th century can be seen at the JFK Library’s McCune Collection. The Empress Theatre showcases top-ranking musicians from the Vallejo Symphony to Soul music so beautifully performed you’ll shed tears of joy.
Vallejo is also home to painters, textile artists, mosaic artists, photographers, actors and musicians. This is a town where you can take a stroll downtown after dinner, maybe catch some live music, and window shop for art.
Art, music, theater, educational and recreational opportunities – these things provide a positive ambiance that attracts money to a town indirectly. High-end business that pay good wages need to locate in areas where people want to live, and those people will buy haircuts and hamburgers, have their car serviced, and maybe, on occasion, also spend a little on art.
This site is the collaborative effort of members of various groups: Coal Shed Studios, Vallejo Open Studios, The Hub, Loma Vista Farm, Moschetti’s Coffee, the Townhouse, Obtainium Works, and more to come!
For further reading:
- The Arts: A Competitive Advantage for California II
- Combating Gentrification Through Equitable Development