Modern, charming, and picturesque, the residential parts of Corona, California are wonderfully tranquil and green. The brick and timber-built houses with their whitewashed garages and spacious yards fill the outlying streets, a mass of bright green verges and towering palm trees that provide a little shade from the afternoon sun. In the very center, a crisscross of commercial streets fills the heart of the city. Everywhere you look there are modern hardware stores, colossal supermarkets, and contemporary civic buildings sitting in spacious parking lots. It's urban and distinctly Californian by design, an inland town that grazes the outer suburbs of Los Angeles.