Located several miles out of town and on a road to Winters lies the remains of DQ University. The school was founded in 1971 as a tribal Indian community college with a focus on on indigenous peoples. At the time it was established it was the only tribal university in California. According to the [WWW]DQU website, The "D" stands for the name of The Great Peacemaker who inspired the founding of the Iroquois Confederacy; the full name symbolized by the "D" is used only in a religious context. The "Q" represents Quetzalcoatl, an Aztec prophet, who symbolizes the principles of wisdom and self-discipline.
The school stayed in existence off and on until 2005. In that year it lost accreditation and the school was closed. Today the grounds of the school are heavily gated and all that can be seen are security police patroling the premises. The grounds are very run down.
Even the Pigs Dance in Davis
Located out in front of Peet's Coffee Shop on 1431 West Covell Boulevard are three ceramic pigs that appear to be dancing. Definitely eye catching and am sure cause many second looks. Worth seeing if you want a little something extra with your morning coffee or are not quite up yet.
Village Homes: Early Sustainable Subdivision
Well very few people would ever go looking for a green or sustainable subdivsion when they are on vacation but again very few are urban planners like me.
Village Homes is a seventy acre subdivision located in West Davis. Construction on the project began in 1975 and homes were built up through the early 1980's. Today the development contains 225 single family homes and 20 apartment units.
The homes were built back then to incorporate several environmental and design features. For example, all homes are constructed in a north-south fashion to maximize potential solar energy. Streets are oriented east west and generally are no wider than 25 feet, continually curved to slow down traffic and have no sidewalks. There is an interesting array of pedestrian and bike paths linking all areas of the subdivision. Most of the homes are also oriented onto a common green or open space area. The landscape is filled with community gardens and edible fruit trees. The intent was to make the area very sustainable and minimize the need for grocery shopping.
Walking around the Village Homes subdivision feels like you are in a very remote rural area. If it wasn't for the grinding noises of a garbage truck on my second visit to the site I almost would believe I am in a remote area of Europe.
Vegetation is very full and deep in the subdivsion. So dense in some areas that it makes taking pictures of homes very difficult.