Commonwealth Avenue is Quezon City's second major thoroughfare, with its notorious traffic and contrasting areas, with a mix of opulence and poverty. Lying to the north of the Commonwealth Area is Fairview and Lagro areas, both mid-class communities to the north, centered on three malls facing each other along Quirino Highway. This article also covers Pasong Putik.
Commonwealth Avenue area covers the Commonwealth Proper, one of the most densely district in the city. The area includes the areas of Riverside, Manggahan, and Litex. Urban sprawl dominates the area with few business centers, primarily located along the Commonwealth Wet Market.
Meanwhile to the north of Commonwealth Proper, Fairview is consists of the Baranggays of Greater Fairview, and North Fairview. The area is well-known for mid-range restaurants and malls. Most of neighborhood in the area are mid-class communities. Lagro is located to the north of Fairview, is also an extension of mid-class neighborhood with some small business centers.
This part of the city is sprawling. With a mix of car-dependent subdivisions in Fairview-Lagro area, noisy slums in the Commonwealth Proper, and the district's main artery, Commonwealth Avenue, known for its cacophony and high accident record mitigated by a 60-kilometer-per-hour (37 mph) speed limit and pedestrian overpasses, is more catered for travel by bus, jeepney or car. Walking in the areas is more of a strenuous activity that exposes you to the dangers of the city's heat and the district's criminal den. Shopping options are rather far apart, with just only one mall, some supermarkets, and non-air conditioned public markets.
Fairview is more of a mid-class neighborhood, but it is just as sprawling as the Commonwealth area. There are few places to visit, like its commercial district dominated by three malls, mid-range restaurants, and the La Mesa Ecopark. The MRT Line 7 project will mostly boost the district's growth by providing a faster connection to the rest of the city, but the line is not expected to open until around 2023.
The wide Commonwealth Avenue, a 6 to 18-lane highway, also the namesake for the area and a barangay along it, is the main thoroughfare for this district. Travel is quite a breeze with many bus and jeepney routes plying it, and the wide carriageways that makes it look more of a superhighway, yet you must watch out for many quirky local driving habits if you're going to drive through it.
- 1 Iglesia Ni Cristo Templo Central, 1 Central Avenue, New Era (Travel northwest on Commonwealth Avenue toward and past Quezon Memorial Circle), ☏ . Daily 8AM to 5PM. Central Temple of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ). The Central Complex includes the Central Temple, which is an 8,000-seat church with one of the largest pipe organs in the Philippines; the Iglesia Ni Cristo Museum, which showcases the history of the Church in exhibits and artifacts from all over the world, marking its global expansion; the Tabernacle, a large multi-purpose meeting and presentation hall; and the New Era University and College of Evangelical Ministry, which are the flagship educational campuses of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, established in 1979.
- 2 La Mesa Eco Park. A beautiful 5-hectare eco park on the outskirts of Quezon city. A haven for people who'd like to get away from the heat and dust of the city. Quite hard to find though, and there is little public transport going there.
- 3 Payatas Dumpsite. Clearly not for the normal traveller easily shocked by the stench and the poverty, this dumpsite, which receives a third of Metro Manila's waste, is one of the district's local landmarks. This was once an empty ravine until it was converted into a landfill to replace Tondo's Smokey Mountain. Though touring the facility requires advance permission, you can see the life of Payatas's poorer families from roads surrounding this fenced-off pit. There is a monument erected to the northeast, dedicated to the victims of a garbage landslide that killed over 300 on July 10, 2000.
- 1 Litex Market, Commonwealth Avenue (At the corner with IBP Road.). Open 24 hours.. The wet and dry market frequented by residents of the surrounding slum areas. It is also a metonym for the surrounding area.
- 1 Pacific Park Hotel, 35 Regalado Avenue, Fairview, ☏ . Glassy edifice in the midst of cacophony and concrete with a bathtub type pool. Jollibee's just down the road. ₱1,365.
- 2 Butler's BnB @ Trees Residences, Bldg 7, Trees Residences Quirino Hi-Way, ☏ . An airbnb place inside a condominium complex with access to a outdoor pool terrace for PHP 150 extra. Accommodation has hot water, Netflix, high speed internet, and kitchen facilities. ₱1201.
- 3 OYO 108 Spiral Suites, 69 Fairlane, Novaliches, ☏ . Lodging includes on-site restaurant and has a/c, wifi, TV, security system, and kitchen area, though what's probably best is the rooftop patio and the views. ₱529.
- 4 OYO 136 Regal Residences, 13 Regalado, ☏ . A lot like the other OYO property with an outdoor rooftop sitting area, a/c, and wifi, but a little noisier due to its location on a busy road. ₱866.
The area around barangay Commonwealth is the seediest corner of Quezon City, notorious for almost everything: slums, fires, thugs and drugs, you heard it. Illegal drugs are rampant, especially involving shabu (crystal methamphetamine), and police and drug enforcement agents occur almost daily. Residential fires often occur, most commonly triggered by illegal electricity connections. Exercise caution when walking as a stroll may lead you to slums; drug addicts, pickpockets, holduppers, hypnotists robbers (budol-budol) and drunk thugs might be just waiting to commit their dirty business if they sight you. If you don't have a good reason to visit the slum, don't go there or ask a resident.