Richmond (pop. 102,200) is a city with a split personality. It is both a residential inner suburb and the site of heavy industry. Near the waterfront, the city offers a popular regional park and an extensive bicycling and jogging path that runs by Marina Bay with its contemporary residential homes and condominiums. Areas such as Point Richmond, Richmond Annex, and the Richmond Hills are particularly desirable. Historic Point Richmond’s Victorian town center is full of shops and restaurants. Commuters are served by BART and Amtrak trains. The Pacific East Mall near the Albany border offers a trip to the Orient without the hassles of travel. Richmond has been evolving toward a service and commercial economy since the 1970s. In 2007, the mayor was Gayle McLaughlin, making Richmond the largest city in the country with a Green Party mayor.

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