With the discovery of gold, the county experienced a major economic surge with the rising price of beef, with the highest prices coming in The county remained focused on cattle until , when a drought left most ranchos devastated. Residents quickly turned to other venues, leading to the breaking up of many of the ranchos and a major change in the economic climate of the town, which focused less on cattle ranching and more on dairies, agriculture, and mined goods from then onward.
Today, Mee Heng Low chop suey shop is all that remains of the culture, although a slightly Chinatown-themed commercial development has been planned. A display of some of the unearthed relics from this period can be seen on the first floor of the Palm Street parking garage, which was built over the location where Chinatown once stood. San Luis Obispo was also a popular stop when people are on the way to Los Angeles. Route and California State Route 1 with the rise of car culture.
Due to its popularity as a stop, it was the location of the first motel in the world, the Milestone Mo-Tel. Three of the City's designated historic resources have also been designated as California Historic Landmarks. The Carnegie Library, located at Monterey Street, is home to the San Luis Obispo County Historical Museum which includes a research center with information on the City's other historical resources.
San Luis Obispo is located on U. According to the United States Census Bureau , the city has a total area of San Luis Obispo is a seismically active area; there are a number of nearby faults including the San Andreas Fault. They are geologically noteworthy for being volcanic plugs.
Six of the nine peaks are open to the public for recreation. On average it has 50 days with measurable rain per year — mostly during winter months.
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Summers are generally warm and sunny, often with morning fog from the Pacific coast. Winters are generally mild, though below freezing lows may be expected four nights per year. Although heat extremes in the s have been recorded, the maritime moderation is generally strong due to the proximity to the cool ocean waters. The population density was 3, The racial makeup of San Luis Obispo was 38, Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 6, persons The Census reported that 43, people There were 19, households, out of which 3, There were 1, 5.
The average household size was 2. There were 7, families The population was spread out, with 5, people The median age was For every females, there were For every females age 18 and over, there were There were 20, housing units at an average density of 1, The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.
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The city has a desired maximum population of 57, within the urban reserve, however with the extremely rapid growth of the area it is unknown whether this population cap will remain. As of the census,  there were 27, people, 18, households, and 7, families residing in the city. The population density was 4, There were 19, housing units at an average density of 1, The racial makeup of the city was There were 18, households, out of which In the city, the population was spread out, with The median age was 26 years.
Out of the total population, 9. The downtown area has many eclectic shops and boutiques. Takken's Shoes is headquartered in San Luis Obispo. Mindbody and iFixit have been headquartered in San Luis Obispo since their inceptions.
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In , SLO experienced a boom in home construction along with continued building of commercial structures. As housing had not kept up with job growth, many people who cannot afford to live where they work, commute to their jobs in SLO. Pacific Gas and Electric is the largest non-governmental employer in the city. Measures to weather the economic downturn are being investigated by the city. According to the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,  the top employers in the city are:.
San Luis Obispo is incorporated as a charter city. It is also the county seat of San Luis Obispo County. The city charter provides for a "Council-Mayor-City Manager" form of municipal government. The fire department of San Luis Obispo was first organized in and now has 45 full-time firefighters and four fire stations as of [update].
Each apparatus has at least one paramedic on duty each day. The department responds to over 4, calls each year. The San Luis Obispo City Fire Department also maintains a bike medic program which is used at the Farmers' Market and other special events throughout the city. The City of San Luis Obispo Utilities Department can trace its lineage back to when plans were made to provide the city with safe drinking water. The Water Resource Recovery Facility treats 4. In June City Councilman Jerry Reiss proposed a city ordinance to ban smoking in all indoor public areas. Following a failed effort [ citation needed ] by R.
As a result, on August 2, , San Luis Obispo became the first municipality in the world to ban smoking in all public buildings, including bars and restaurants. This statute has been a catalyst worldwide in anti-smoking legislation. In , following public hearings, the City Council approved an ordinance forbidding the construction of " drive-through " businesses. In a city ordinance was passed that prohibited the sale of alcoholic beverages at any business selling gasoline, with the exception of one Mobil now Union 76 service station on South Higuera Street that was grandfathered in prior to the ordinance.
The city council voted 3—2 to abolish the ordinance in In April , an "unruly gathering" ordinance passed with a vote of 4—1. Unlawful conduct includes excessive noise ; public drunkenness ; serving alcohol to minors; fighting; urinating in public; crowds overflowing into yards, sidewalks, or streets; or similar unlawful behaviors. The area is also served by Cuesta College , a community college located a short driving distance away.
Amtrak provides daily rail transport service at San Luis Obispo station as the northern terminus of the Pacific Surfliner line from San Diego , and as a stop on the Coast Starlight line. Greyhound closed its station building in San Luis Obispo on March 12, ; it still serves the city via a transit bus stop on Railroad Avenue. Rideshare encourages the use of the local public transit, as well as carpooling and cycling.
Both enter the city from the south as a concurrency. As they head north, Highway 1 then splits towards the coast to Morro Bay , while Highway stays more inland to Atascadero and Paso Robles. Bicycling is increasing as a mode of transportation. The Bill Roalman Morro Street Bicycle Boulevard gives priority to bicycle traffic while a special bicycle traffic signal one of only a handful in the United States allows bicyclists their own phase in traffic flow.
The city provides parking in three multistory parking structures downtown.
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The city's Racks with Plaques program has increased bike racks in the downtown area and has cut down on parking congestion. The Madonna Inn is an eccentric landmark established by Alex Madonna in The Fremont Theater , an historic Art Deco theater from the s, plays first-run movies on the huge screen. Murals adorn the walls of the main theater while neon swirls light the ceiling. Since about , people have been sticking chewed gum on the walls of Bubblegum Alley.
The doctor's office on the corner of Santa Rosa and Pacific streets is one of very few commercial buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The "underground city" is a series of tunnels beneath the city.
One of the largest Mardi Gras parades west of the Mississippi was held in San Luis Obispo, but canceled in because of difficulties related to crowd control and alcohol consumption. Cal Poly's open house, Poly Royal, was held annually from to It was canceled in due to war rationing. It traces its origins to the Farmer's Institute and Picnic Basket.
By the s, as the college became "the most popular Following a "mini-riot" in at an off-campus apartment during Poly Royal, the events in would cancel the event "indefinitely. A liquor store near campus, Campus Bottle, was destroyed by revelers demanding alcohol. The second night was much larger than the first as people were leaving a concert on campus and parties off-campus were broken up and revelers flooded the streets. Mayor Dunin called the events "the worst experience in the history of San Luis Obispo.
The name Poly Royal returned in as "Open House Presents Poly Royal", a scaled-down version that was designed for students and parents. Fratty's Day. San Luis Obispo has been home of several other events, including a stop on the way of the Olympic Flame Relay, the Tour of California bicycle race, Cinco de Mayo celebrations, and a long-standing Christmas Parade. In May, the Madonna Hotel hosts the annual California Festival of Beers, which includes beer tasting of over craft beers.
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Another attraction is the development of Edna Valley into a well-known wine region. Just south of the city, people can spend an afternoon wine tasting several wineries in the area with a very short drive. The wine region extends north beyond Paso Robles 30 miles north and south to Santa Ynez 70 miles south.
During summer months, a free outdoor concert Friday evening is called Concerts in the Plaza. San Luis Obispo hosts a farmers' market where vendors sell food and goods and various visual and music artists perform. People gather at the Mission Plaza with their bikes. The bikers go around on multiple circuits on the main streets of downtown.
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One of the cultural focal centers of San Luis Obispo is the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center built on the Cal Poly campus, which was constructed utilizing the donations of local businesses and individuals. The largest venue, Harmon Hall, seats 1, Many high school and college programs are scheduled. Local artists perform plays, music and dance. The addition of the Performing Arts Center attracts many touring performances which are usually not found in communities of comparable size to San Luis Obispo.
The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art began in the s when a small group of artists, educators and enthusiasts established the foundation. The museum, with a focus on California Contemporary Art, shows 24 exhibitions per year, has both adult and children's art classes, and hosts art talks, films and other events. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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