The Arlington neighborhood is southwest of downtown Riverside, California. Many of the streets in the neighborhood are lined with tall palm trees, planted at the same time the streets were paved. When the wind is right, the scent of orange blossoms hangs in the air. A drive-in theater still runs double features, though it also holds a weekly swap meet.
Indiana Street divides Arlington from Arlington South. Jackson Street is the neighborhood boundary with Ramona to the northeast. The Arlanza neighborhood is to the northwest, and La Sierra is on the southwest. The zip code for Arlington is 92503.
Between the La Sierra neighborhood and Arlington, the three-story Galleria at Tyler offers upscale stores such as Nordstrom. More shopping is available on Magnolia Avenue and on Arlington Avenue.
Arlington children can attend Liberty Elementary School and continue to Chemawa Middle School, built on the site of an old amusement park. Arlington High School is in South Arlington.
An electric streetcar used to take visitors from the Mission Inn downtown to the Chemawa amusement park in style. The restored orange trees and ragged robin roses of Victoria Avenue recall those days for the bicyclists, joggers and dog walkers who today enjoy the restored paths beside the road.
The California Citrus State Historical Park is a traditional city park with an amphitheater, gazebos, interpretive center and citrus groves. Like much of Riverside, it has many palm trees.
Although blessed with a rich history, the Arlington of today offers modern single-family homes, condominium clusters, duplexes, apartments and even a mobile home park in addition to its older homes. All are near the Riverside Freeway, which affords residents direct commuting. A Metrolink station also has frequent trains to downtown Riverside, San Bernardino, Pomona and all points west.