The twin tracts of La Cresta and Alta Vista of northeast Bakersfield are everything that most of the city is not. They're hilly where most of Bakersfield is flat, curvy where most of the city is linear, breezy where most of the city is stagnant, and quirky where other neighborhoods can appear cloned. But, like older neighborhoods most everywhere, La Cresta and Alta Vista have their challenges -- in this case, encroaching decay.

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