Pasadena’s Best Opportunities: South Fair Oaks and Downtown Infill

A Vision for Pasadena

Pasadena’s General Plan sets goals for our city, and will guide the construction of new buildings (Land Use) and how we move around the city (Mobility) over the next 20 years.

The DPNA sees Downtown Pasadena as a diverse neighborhood whose primary distinction is walkability and its “people-friendliness“. That is: exciting and satisfying destinations within walking distance; a home for a mix of different types of people (incomes, ages, cultures, etc.); a city center that welcomes visitors (and quickly converts drivers into pedestrians); an authentic “place” that draws its identity from its history & architecture; and a physical environment that encourages people to meet, mingle, walk, talk, play, work, and otherwise engage one another in the social interaction that “cities” exist for.

The slide show below gives a brief taste of what that means (it’s a lengthy topic, but the photo of Freiburg, Germany captures most of it in a single image) and, more importantly, outlines a 4-step plan to get there, and then points to particular parcels of land within Pasadena’s Central District and the South Fair Oaks Specific Plan that have particular potential for change.* Special attention is given to Raymond Avenue between Del Mar and Fillmore, because of its unparalleled connections to Southern California’s entire transportation network (the Fillmore & Del Mar Gold Line Stations, plus the on ramps to the Arroyo Seco Parkway (SR110) and also the 210/134 Freeways), all within walking distance of Old Pasadena, the Civic Center, Art Center, Huntington Hospital, and Central Park.

 

Click this link (or the image below) to view the slide show

(That link may not work on PCs. An older, PC-compatible version is at: http://goo.gl/h9vX7 )

Pasadena's Best Opportunities: South Fair Oaks and Downtown Infill

A vision for Pasadena: click this photo to view the Powerpoint presentation that we delivered to the Pasadena Planning Commission on Dec 12, 2012.

 (That link may not work on PCs. An older, PC-compatible version is at: http://goo.gl/h9vX7 )

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ABOUT THE DPNA:

The Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association (DPNA) is the voice of the residents of the Central District of Pasadena, California.

We meet monthly on the Third Thursday at 6:30pm in the Gamble Lounge of Pasadena Presbyterian Church at 585 E Colorado Blvd.

The DPNA promotes a walkable urban lifestyle in a city that is vibrant with thriving businesses, excellent arts, good government, and active public spaces.

The DPNA advocates for urban parks, wider sidewalks, pedestrian-biased street design, bike lanes, trees & shrubbery, mixed-use & transit-oriented development, enduring architecture, a streetcar, and other amenities that improve life for residents of an urban city center.

Downtown Pasadena is defined roughly as the 210 freeway (north), Catalina Ave (east), California Blvd (south), and Pasadena Ave (west).

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