Apartment residents in Millbrae like to say that the town's proximity to San Francisco
International Airport gives their small town a "global vision."
That';s because many of the benefits from the San Francisco tourism industry spill over into Millbrae, a city whose economy thrives on hotel traffic from international travelers. In fact, as city officials note, the town's history has been continually linked to the development of transportation in the San Francisco area. The old No. 40 Interurban streetcar used to travel through Millbrae, taking apartment residents to their destinations in style. Additionally, parts of eastern Millbrae were literally shaved away, say city officials, in order to provide landfill for the expanding San Francisco airport.
The tourism industry has helped shape Millbrae into the diverse city that it is today, and apartment residents can celebrate that history at a number of annual events. The Millbrae Art and Wine Festival has been held downtown since 1970, and allows Millbrae apartment renters a cultural slice of Northern California that many other small towns might not enjoy. More recently, the Japanese Culture Festival has become an annual attraction, allowing attendees to celebrate the growing diversity and rich cultural landscape of Millbrae and surrounding Bay Area communities, say event officials. Children and adults alike can partake in activities, enjoy music and dance performances or indulge in unique Japanese cuisine.
Though part of Millbrae was taken to help form the San Francisco International Airport, what apartment residents get in return was a rich cultural history and a big city vision for this small California town.
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