Fremont

FremontSometimes referred to as “The People’s Republic of Fremont”or “The Artists’ Republic of Fremont,” and at one time a center of the counterculture, Fremont has become somewhat gentrified in recent years. The neighborhood remains home to a controversial statue of Lenin salvaged from Slovakia by a local art lover who was teaching in the area at the time. After the 1989 fall of the Communist government, he brought the statue to Fremont with money raised through a mortgage on his house. In addition to Lenin is the Fremont Troll, an 18-foot-tall (5┬ám) concrete sculpture of a troll crushing a Volkswagen Beetle in its left hand, created in 1990 and situated under the north end of the Aurora Bridge.The street running under the bridge and ending at the Troll was renamed Troll Avenue N. in 2005. In addition, signs throughout Fremont give such helpful advice as “Set your watch back five minutes” and “Throw your watch away.”Other landmarks include the Fremont Rocket, a Fairchild C-119 tail boom modified to resemble a missile, and the outdoor sculpture Waiting for the Interurban.

Since the early 1970s some Fremont residents have been referring to their neighborhood as “The Center of the Universe”(which also appears on a large “Welcome” sign). An unofficial motto “De Libertas Quirkas” (“Freedom to be Peculiar”) appears in brochures and websites about the area.