Monthly Archives: October 2010
Today is one of the greatest milestones in LA history. Future generations will look back decades from now and know that “2010” was the year LA chose to embrace urbanism over strict auto-dependency. Cities across the world are identified by their transit networks (New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, etc.) and Los Angeles is no exception as our “transit network” of clogged and ever-widening freeways and streets have earned us the reputation of shame amongst many who expect great transit service from a city as large and diverse as LA.
A great phenomenon first described by Curbed LA is apparently happening every day in many parts throughout LA that has me a bit perplexed (in a good way). For some reason or another, a fair amount of grocery loving shoppers of Trader Joe’s seem to prefer to walk (instead of drive) to and from one of the most popular grocery chains in America.
CREPEstudio officially opened this past weekend and has already caught on with the locals as I encountered a pretty packed house on a Monday night, which is usually the quietest night of the week for most restaurants.
As part of a larger mixed-use project at the main intersection of Pasadena’s financial district–Colorado Blvd and Lake Ave–the developer of a highly anticipated development, that will rejuvenate an underwhelming corner, has given us a peek at what is in store.
The sign inside my favorite Target in Downtown Pasadena still says, “Fresh Groceries Coming Oct 17,” but for many who have been anticipating more grocery options in the Playhouse District, they are in luck because the new grocery section is now open (early by about a week)!
Shelley, Mollie (the founder), and Mimi are three women who run the dessert shop, KindKreme, in Studio City near Universal Studios, and they are opening up their second store right here in good ol’ Pasadena located a hop, skip, and a jump from the Del Mar Gold Line station (SW intersection of Arroyo Pkwy and Del Mar) in what used to be the Robeks that closed down months ago.
My video of the neon Walgreens sign in East Pasadena
As I described in an earlier post, one of the most fun and interesting design features of the new Walgreens at the corner of Colorado and Sierra Madre Blvd is the use of neon signs that have really added something visually interesting to an otherwise run-of-the-mill stand alone retail building (even though it does attempt to incorporate some streamline moderne architectural features).
Last week, one of the most valuable resources we have here in Pasadena, 89.3 KPCC–located in the city’s “Innovation Corridor”–held a discussion forum on the food truck phenomenon in LA hosted by Larry Mantle.