Column: Some miss driving up Mount Rubidoux

Catching up on my mail, I summarize some comments about Riverside’s Mount Rubidoux and others about the Claremont shoe cobbler, as well as present a desert-themed brief item, all in Wednesday’s column.

Trivia note: My initial Rubidoux column was my most-read online in January, and my two follow-ups were likewise my most-read in February and March. I can’t explain it, but I won’t fight it.

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Column: For famous orange tree, it’s nothin’ but net

Riverside’s claim to citrus fame comes from the parent Washington navel orange tree, the 1873 tree that launched a California industry. The tree continues to thrive despite a bacteria-carrying insect that could kill it if it got in striking range. That’s why a tent-like structure now shrouds the tree: to keep the insect out. I pay a visit for Friday’s column.

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A high-rise in Riverside

In my visits to Riverside, a residential tower a few blocks south of downtown has caught my eye. How could it not? It stands tall above its mostly one- and two-story neighbors. In the area recently, I decided to satisfy my curiosity by checking it out.

At 3993 10th St., it’s an apartment building for low-income seniors 55 and older. Named Mount Rubidoux Manor, it’s owned by Riverside First Baptist Homes, contains 188 studio and one-bedroom units and stands 16 stories. A worthy use.

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