"it's All About The Park (this review is dedicated to our Labrador)"
When we are getting close to this neighborhood, I always think of Dr. Seuss. BV Park is the nucleus and crown jewel of this area and you can see it long before you arrive. Sticking up above the house tops is an unruly tuft of trees that mark the top of this hilly park. Our black lab mix, Gershwin, loves this park. When he was two, we often took him up for dog playdates with my teaching colleague, Tony, his husband Dan, and their black lab mix, Jack. Buena Vista, to me, is mostly a residential neighborhood. We love to walk the super steep blocks: great exercise for dogs and their people. And the park keeps getting better and better. Tony said they have a strong local association that has privately raised most of the park renovation funds through homeowners' donations. On weekend afternoons, you can sense a little of this vibe. People we pass actually make eye contact and say hello. And if you encounter another dog owner, the dogs are always given wide berth to sniff and greet. If we lived in the city, Buena Vista would be one of the first places I would consider moving to.