Fairview is an industrial community that sits on the banks of the Mystic River. Its largest provider of jobs is by far the Industrial Park located on the east bank. Fairview's residential cross-section is primary lower-middle class, with plans for a small upper-class neighborhood near the future site of the University of Alaska-Fairview campus. The main neighborhoods are Olde Towne, Oak Park, Eastside Terrace, and Smoketown. The small town of Easton will lie to the east of campus. Olde Towne is located north and east of Interstate 39 and ends at the river. This area of Fairview is the city's oldest and most historic. With proximity close to downtown, land values are very high. Middle to upper-middle class residents populate this neighborhood. Oak Park is the largest neighborhood in the city, located north of Franklin Blvd, west of 5th Avenue, and south of Enterprise Blvd. Comprised of mostly middle class, Oak Park is home to many schools and hospitals which connect to the Interstate by way of JFK Blvd. Smoketown can be considered the "slum" of Fairview, with its lower class residents mostly working in the Industrial Plants. Located to the east of the Industrial Park and to the south of the airpark, Smoketown is rife with crime and pollution. With little education and poor access to health care, land values here are rock bottom. Property is cheap, but crime is high and desirability very low. Eastside Terrace is similar to Oak Park, but is located north of the airpark and south of Enterprise Blvd. Many college students live here as its proximity to the college is very close. The city center is located at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Riverside Parkway. City Hall, the city jail, courthouse, and police headquarters are all located here, as well as the city park. Medium to high density commercial property is available for development, and hopes are high to develop a downtown that is both entertaining and function as a central business district.
Fairview has a comprehensive rail and bus network, connecting the citizens of the West Bank to the Industries on the east bank. Interstate 39 is the main thoroughfare through the city, and connecs St. Matthews to the North with Fairview and surrounding suburbs. The bus system currently only has six stop, but plans are in the works for a major expansion.
University of Alaska- Fairview