According to 2010 census data and a local sociology professor, Mountain View is the most culturally diverse neighborhood in the country. Follow along this week for a daily look at some of the signs.
Where else can you find two Dominican eateries — directly across the street from each other — a Sudanese food truck, Asian grocers, a halal market, a Polynesian restaurant, German cuisine and a neighborhood store that stocks everything from canned soursop drink to a brand-new Caribbean section?
2) Places of worship
Walk down Commercial Drive, and you’ll see Wat Lao’s distinctive roofline set back behind a vacant building.
On Price Street, Bethel Chapel sits just a block away from New Hope Baptist Church. Walk two streets further down, and you’ll find two Samoan churches and a Korean church lining the west side of North Bragaw Street. Keep moving through the neighborhood and you’ll pass a half dozen other places of worship: Two on North Hoyt Street, one on Klevin Street and several more along Mountain View Drive. The congregations range from African Methodist Episcopal to Buddhist to nondenominational.
In the most diverse neighborhood in the country, there’s a church every sixth of a mile.
3) Mountain View Public Library