Difference between revisions of "Piedmont (California)"
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Piedmont is in a small and wealthy city in Alameda County in the San Francisco Bay Area. Located in east of Emeryvile and Oakland and is two blocks from Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, it nonetheless has a vastly different climate. Summers are hot, dry and windy. Fact: By the Roaring Twenties, Piedmont was known as the "City of Millionaires" because there were more resident millionaires per square mile than in any city in the United States].
I don't know what the person above is saying about Piedmont being hot and dry in the summer, and I can't figure out how to change it!
I would add: Compared to San Francisco, about which Mark Twain reportedly said, "the coldest winter I ever experienced was summer in San Francisco," the East Bay is very bright, sunny and warm. Temperatures drop slightly below freezing about once a decade; winter rains come in concentrated Pacific storms of a day or two. Otherwise winter weather is 40 at night and 65 in the day, in general, with sun or clouds common. Spring is glorious: maybe 45 at night and 75 during the day.
The dry season, running from March through early November, is consistently sunny (after the early fog burns off), calm, without rain, but with a maritime moistness in the air. The hottest part of the year is the month before the first rain comes--essentially the month of October. Temperatures can climb to 100 degrees, though typically begin at about 60 (because of fog-cover in the early morning)and climb in the early afternoon. During this period, winds can shift from the typical maritime west to east flow, to "Santa Ana" winds from the hot and dry central valley to the east, flowing west. This is the time of year of greatest fire danger, given the lack of rain and high temperatures.
Most commuters to San Francisco's financial district take "casual carpool" in the morning: riders are picked up by drivers hoping to hop in the commuter lane and avoid the $4 toll across the Bay Bridge. The trip is about 25 min. in the morning, and only slightly longer in the evening via AC express bus.
Piedmont does not really have any restaurants within city limits.
However Piedmont is located in the middle of four great restaurant and shopping districts in Oakland.
The Rockridge business district on College Avenue in Oakland caters primarily to young professionals who commute to the city from the Rockridge BART station.
The Piedmont Avenue business district in Oakland was built around the neighborhood of the Kaiser-Oakland hospital.
The Lakeshore Ave./Grand Ave. area just above Lake Merritt and on either side of the GrandLake Theater.
The Montclair shopping district in Oakland also caters to professionals, though its restaurant scene is less attractive than the other three, which feature restaurants organized by many Chez Panisse alums.
From Bart that can be reached by AC 59 & 59A you can either ride train or ride trains to connect to other transit for all over the Bay Area.