Colleen Dunn Bates of Hometown Pasadena asked me on a recent interview what I thought would be the next “up-and-coming neighborhood” in Pasadena (neighborhoodification if you will), to which I answered “that stretch of Colorado Blvd. between Lake and PCC.”
I’ve always driven past this part of Pasadena lamenting the lack of pedestrian connection between PCC (a strong anchor) and the rest of Downtown Pasadena (to the west of PCC) as parking lots in front of strip malls and motels prevent this section from becoming conducive for an enjoyable walking experience.
However, even with its drawbacks, the area contains a number of beautiful historic buildings and some new creative life, such as ARC (A Room to Create) and even Taco Station on Green as well as established names like Daisy Mint and Zankou Chicken, that I think warrants some guidance from the City of Pasadena to help form a bona fide urban neighborhood by incorporating new landscaping, street lamps, etc. to give the street a visual consistency and help form a neighborhood identity–with the eventual goal of finally connecting Pasadena City College with the rest of Downtown Pasadena for pedestrians.
Also, with new businesses like American Superior Vintage opening recently (other locations include Melrose, Hollywood, and Echo Park), this stretch of Colorado is really acquiring a cool and funky vibe that could become Pasadena’s answer to Silver Lake or Los Feliz.