Grades Are In: Lafayette Gets a Solid "B."

Community members chime in on the pros and cons of the city of Lafayette.

School is out for summer but grades are in, and on average our readers gave the city of Lafayette a “B.”

Last month we asked our readers to grade Lafayette based on livability, government and any other vital roles of city government they found important.

In a , 49 percent of the people who voted gave Lafayette a “B” for “Pretty darn good. Needs a little work.”

Overall, the responses were more positive than negative, with only a few voters giving Lafayette a “D” or an “F.” Twenty five percent of the voters gave Lafayette an “A” and 17 percent graded Lafayette as average, with a “C.”

With the Lafayette Reservoir, Briones Regional Park and the (more commonly known as “the bike path”), many in the community seem to be fans of the different outdoor activity options that Lafayette offers.

Linda Moulton gave Lafayette an “A” rating, citing the trails and the convenience to San Francisco as positive aspects of life in Lafayette.

“There’s Briones park, there’s good shopping. You don’t have to go very far,” said Moulton.

Moulton added that the downtown shopping options were great, including La Fiesta Square and the Safeway shopping center.

So what needs work?

As far as city government goes, a reoccurring theme at City Council meetings seems to be preserving the hillsides of Lafayette and .

Moulton touched on some of the issues that Lafayette faces downtown.

“It’s too bad that they started as a city as just a single road, it would be nice if it was built differently with a square and all that,” she said.

Lafayette’s Blair Mercer said he would give Lafayette a “C+,” citing a lack of a sense of community as one of his reasons for the grade. Mercer suggested that the city needed more park space, and places where people would naturally go to congregate.

While Mercer finds some problems with parts of the city, he does appreciate the bike paths and cycling community that Lafayette provides.

“It’s lovely to be able to get out, you can go off in every direction and there seems to be a space on the roads made for cyclists,” said Mercer.

So while the city of Lafayette certainly has the potential for improvement, our poll garnered a generally positive community response, which Karen Maggio summed up nicely in her comment on the poll article.

“We love Lafayette, the people, [the] small town feel with a thriving downtown, excellent schools, beautiful hillsides and collaborative leadership,” wrote Maggio. 


What do you think? Is Lafayette a “B” city? Let us know in the comments.

c5 July 18, 2012 at 03:04 AM
i think b is about right...lafayette is a really nice town, but no place is perfect.
Mike Wilhelm July 18, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I give it an A. All the positives plus fiscal responsibility.
lovelafayette July 18, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Quality of life:A Government: F due to lack of respect for the Brown Act, Public Records Act, civility at meetings. Council is not responsive to citizens who want the roads fixed, open space not BMX in the Community Park, and open government. No one (except the US Supreme Court) should be allowed to stay in office forever, ie Don Tatzin 25 years on Lafayette City Council!
Williefan4ever July 18, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Compared to where my grandparents and parents came from and where the rest of the world is, Lafayette can only get an A. Sure i could nit pick but overwhelmingly I love Lafayette.
KFrances July 18, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Love Lafayette above is right. The Brown Act is being violated. Decisions are being made behind close doors. People quoted in sham surveys from other parts of the country and the world are deciding Lafayette's future. One Bay Area is Agenda 21 no matter what they TELL you - Lafayette ciitzens IGNORED - we are being prepared for a techno. cap and trade stack and pack police state at every level of government - beware of Fascism. Our local leaders TOOK AN OATH. United Nations/World Bank out of Lamorinda !
Born and Raised July 26, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Being a resident who has lived the majority of my life here since 1962, I give Lafayette a solid B. Who knew it would go from a mostly blue collar (of course Happy Valley being the exception) suburban town to a city where almost all residents are now upper middle class and well.......just plain well-to-do. My two beefs about Lafayette now are the "entitled" type people who seem just a little too self absorbed and the way the city government continues with so much nanny politics (i.e. the street lights on southern Pleasant Hill Road). If that's my only concerns then yes, I'll stay here to the end because I truly still love this town for what it was and is.
CJ July 26, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I find it hilarious that Briones comes up in these surveys. The place is virtually empty when I go there and most of the users are out of towners. I guess the idea of it is greater than the reality. The place is a bit on the rough side which is what I enjoy about it.


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