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“It's slowly developing...VERY slowly”
Review of Old Town Novato

Old Town Novato
Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Novato
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

I live here, work here, and then I drive to Petaluma to enjoy a vibrant downtown.

Empty storefronts, dive bars, a half re-developed theater, it's painful to see.

There have been several attempts by developers to develop the downtown area, and it really needs it - we've done everything from charrettes where the community votes on the plan that everyone could agree on - but we have a very old-school local government (well, just two of them, actually - the other three actually want to see Novato thrive, but all efforts get "poo-pooed" on by the two nay-sayers) that doesn't want to see Downtown Novato develop and thrive.

I will say, with the new bus depot, which is absolutely beautiful (much better than that little ghetto stop that used to be there) and the addition of a new wine bar, micro-brew hub, and some outdoor café seating, it's been wonderful to see downtown come to life in the recent year or so.

Keep it going Novato!!

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

There are terrific restaurants and neat shops. I love the antique shops and wonderful book store. They have a Gluten Free bakery that is perfect in their selections.

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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Old Town has got it all... except it hasn't. Given the state of the economy, the idiotic local government, and the horrendously greedy landowners, this town is just barely hanging on. Wow! Lights in the trees! Why not add clowns and strolling minstrels? But get rid of that dive bar. And that liquor store on the corner. And that We Habla check cashing store. And that albatrossian bombed-out non-theater (whose historic sign has vanished, probably sold on eBay). But the city offices are brand new... not that anyone works in them. A bit of an embarrassment, as small towns go.

Thank 1000-Foot-Nixon
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

Wonderful small town main street with several shops, cafes, restaurants, and local bakery. Don't be put off by the lack of parking. There are several public parking lots one street over by the city building.

Thank Rene M
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

To call this part of Novato "old" is adding a new definiton to the word. It is only old if we compare it to the sprawling prefab commercial outlets on the outside of town. Yes, there are some upscale restaurants, delis, and boutique shops but that doesn't make this part of town necessarily old. But, then again, when so much of America has been taken over by Walmart, Kmart, Costco and the innumerable fast food joints any street that has architecture going back to the 1950's could be called old. Unless you love to spend money in overpriced shops there isn't much to see or do here.

Thank Ray V
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