Monthly Archives: September 2010

Pasadena Restaurant Update

Malagueta Bar and Grill in Old Pasadena recently closed and will be replaced by Arizona chain Pita Jungle

Here are some of the latest developments going on with restaurants in Pasadena with an exciting rumor about an exciting location for a possible new restaurant! The rumor, if true, could help tie together the moribund Paseo Colorado with vibrant Old Pasadena.

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Land Cleared in Pasadena Playhouse District

A view of the land cleared of abandoned homes at Walnut and Hudson in the Playhouse District

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that land–located at the intersection of Walnut and Hudson in the Playhouse District–was cleared of some abandoned homes that were quarantined off years ago by the tell-tale sign of pending construction: the green tarp fencing.

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Caltech Ranked Worldwide as #2 University – Just Below Harvard

The new Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics designed by Thom Mayne is another testament to Caltech's investment in state-of-the-art research facilities

Although I’m not particularly surprised, I am still very proud that Caltech was recognized this year as a superb research university by The Times Higher Education Rankings (based in London, UK). In fact, unlike the more widely known U.S. News and World Report university rankings, the ranking compiled by The Times is, indeed, a global list of the top universities.

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PFAR Presents 19th Annual Taste of Pasadena – September 21, 2010

Partake in the 19th Annual Taste of Pasadena on Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010 (Please click on image above for full image of the flier)

The Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors (that I belong to as well) is organizing the 19th Annual Taste of Pasadena that will take place this coming Tuesday, September 21, 2010.

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eHarmony and eSolar Say Goodbye to Pasadena

The future of Pasadena depends on the foresight of residents today

Within a matter of a few months, the dreaded news that two major high-tech companies have announced their plans to permanently move out of their Pasadena headquarters to other locations in LA County have come as Pasadena prepares to update its General Plan (a blueprint for how the city develops for the next decade).

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Terra Bella Luxury Condos Construction Update in Pasadena

Terra Bella stands across the street from the Cinema Lofts

Terra Bella, a 28-unit luxury condo building under construction at the corner of Marengo and Cordova, has crews currently working on the detailing of the exterior facade. The mixed-use building (residential condos and one commercial space at the corner) is starting to resemble the initial renderings (see below) that the developer, Legendary Development, provided me.

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Video: Sprawling from Grace Documentary

Click DVD cover above to watch Sprawling from Grace on YouTube for free

After just watching it myself on Netflix, my friend alerted me that the full version of Sprawling from Grace–the documentary on the detrimental consequences of suburban sprawl, such as oil addiction–is actually on YouTube and can be watched for free!

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New Landscaped Garden on Los Robles in Pasadena

Workers plant the last few pots in a new garden along Los Robles on the Fuller Seminary campus

Almost exactly a year ago, a couple of historic buildings were relocated by the non-profit housing developer, Heritage Housing Partners, from the Fuller Seminary campus in Downtown Pasadena to just north of the 210 freeway (407 N Raymond Ave).

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The Livingstone Update in Pasadena

The new Livingstone condominiums in Downtown Pasadena

I am glad to learn that one of my favorite mixed-use developments in Downtown Pasadena, The Livingstone, is doing quite well sales-wise. According to the developer, there are now 11 units in contract (out of a total of 32 units). Also, the developer will offer a second loan of 10% (at 5% interest only) toward the down payment so buyers putting down 10% can avoid paying PMI.

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