Santa Monica has it all. Residential properties and numerous commercial and entertainment businesses are complemented by one of the most environmentally activist municipalities in the nation. In fact, it was one of the first cities in the nations to formally adopt a comprehensive sustainability plan, setting waste reduction and water conservation policies for both the public and private sector. Its beachfront cityscape is highlighted by its world famous Santa Monica Pier, known for its recreational and entertainment center featuring restaurants, retail, and even an amusement park.
Another strength of the city is its public transportation. Many citizens and visitors utilize the bicycle sharing system, the city owned bus service (Big Blue Bus), subway (Purple Line) and recently completed light rail (Expo Line). In addition, the city owns and operates a general aviation airport (Santa Monica Airport).
The city is divided into several distinct neighborhoods, including "Downtown Santa Monica/Third Street Promenade", "Main Street", "Mid-City", "Montana Avenue", "Ocean Park Boulevard/Santa Monica Airport Area", "Pico Boulevard", "Santa Monica Pier/Ocean Avenue" and "Wilshire Boulevard”.
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District provides public education serves it’s citizens along with numerous private schools located within the city proper. Santa Monica College is a large, popular junior college whose many graduates transfer to the University of California system. The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles is also located in Santa Monica near the city airport.