The Alessandro Heights neighborhood land is the southernmost part of the original 53 square miles of Riverside. Though it was always part of the city, it remained largely undeveloped for residential uses until the last three decades. Part of this is due to its distance from the heart of Downtown and the hilly terrain it shares with all of southern Riverside. A majority of the land, because of the hilly environment, is zoned RC, Residential Conservation, which seeks to preserve the ridgelines of the city. Both the City of Riverside and the local residents are working hard to maintain the beautiful environment of this region.
Most of the land that makes up the Airport neighborhood is part of the original 53 square miles of the City. Small, western portions were annexed between 1955 and 1961. The area today characterizes a modern subdivision, with uniquely shaped residential blocks. The heart of the Airport neighborhood is Riverside Airport
Only the eastern corner of this neighborhood is actually devoted to residential blocks. This region features city blocks of a more traditional grid design, but topography and modern development have mixed in some uniquely shaped blocks. Airport also plays host to a large concentration of industry, much of which is aircraft oriented. This portion of the neighborhood lies within a Redevelopment Project Area. The Santa Ana River forms the northern border of this neighborhood and much of the area is favored by panoramic views over the river to the San Gabriel Mountains to the north.
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