Will Pasadena’s New Mayor be Terry Tornek or Jacque Robinson?

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Election for Mayor of Pasadena The Primary Municipal Election was held on March 10, 2015. Six Candidates competed, Jason Hardin, Don Morgan, Jacque Robinson, Allen Shay, Bill Thomson, and Terry Tornek. Jacque Robinson and Terry Tornek won the primary, at 30.7% for… Continue reading

Guiding Architecture in Pasadena

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Guiding Architecture in Pasadena

Pasadena’s quality of life and character are an inspiration to many and a key to the City’s future economic vitality. A delicate balance must be struck in providing a predictable, efficient development process with the need to preserve and enhance our City’s historic architecture and unique place.

What tools are available to guide new architecture toward achieving this balance?

John will discuss some approaches using examples–including several projects as they came in to and out of Pasadena’s design review process.

Election for Pasadena Mayor: DPNA Candidate Forum

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Mayoral Candidates Forum A chance for Pasadena voters to meet and compare the candidates who are vying to replace Bill Bogaard as Pasadena’s next mayor. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6pm Who’s Running? Jason Hardin, Magazine… Continue reading

Save the Date #2: “Designing the Ditch” – Connecting Pasadena (CPP) Visioning Workshop

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NEW STORIES.  50 years ago, the state seized a gigantic swath of valuable land in the center of Pasadena, and demolished thousands of people’s property in order to build the planned extension of… Continue reading

Food & Fun at our 2014 Annual Meeting

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The public is invited to: The Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association’s ANNUAL MEETING OCTOBER 16, 2014, 6:30pm The Gamble Lounge of Pasadena Presbyterian Church THEME:  “DOWNTOWN PASADENA – A WORK IN PROGRESS” Food and… Continue reading

Raffle! Win tickets to Pasadena Heritage Bridge Party

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DPNA, proud sponsor of Pasadena Heritage Colorado Street Bridge Party, Invites lucky raffle winners — and all others – to join us for a pre-Bridge Party reception at Picnik before an evening of… Continue reading

DPNA: 1st Draft of Parsons Project is too Suburban, Turns its Back on Fair Oaks, Skirts Regulations

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 [UPDATE: As of Nov 2014, the plans for this project have been significantly improved to respond to our critique, below, which was echoed by a host of other Pasadena organizations and commissions.  We… Continue reading

Growing Our Organization

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The DPNA is Moving into a New Phase Reaching to Meet Our Goals The Month of September was the deadline we gave ourselves. Here’s what we need to accomplish: Complete the DPNA Bylaws. (Important for our… Continue reading

The Old Pasadena Farmers Market

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RESIDENTS LOOKING FORWARD TO NEW FARMERS MARKET IN OLD PASADENA AFTER LONG DELAYS The much anticipated Old Pasadena Farmer’s Market is on the horizon and is expected to open on August 4, 2013… Continue reading

Pasadena Bike Plan gets Major Boost

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Protected & Separated Bike Lanes are asked to be added to plan. City Council Subcommittee asks staff to add protected/separated bike lanes to the plan, make it “more ambitious.” Current conditions are widely… Continue reading

DPNA convenes “Complete Streets Forum” in response to cyclist’s death

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Complete Streets Advocacy Group is Formed An Action Plan for improving the safety and livability of our streets. On MONDAY, July 1st, the DPNA hosted a coalition of Pasadena organizations to discuss “Complete… Continue reading

Economic Vitality IS Quality of Life

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Jobs (Economic Vitality) and Transportation (Walkability) are Big Issues at Candidate Forum The March 5th primary election is fast approaching that will likely decide who will represent District 3 on Pasadena’s City Council.… Continue reading

New Wireless Streetcar technology would be compatible with Rose Parade floats

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Route for Pasadena’s Streetcar could include Colorado Blvd. Cities across the US are realizing the benefits of easy “Hop-on, Hop-off” trams. This video shows a new solution by the Canadian aerospace/train/streetcar manufacturer, Bombardier,… Continue reading

District 3 Candidate Forum

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Benson, Kennedy, & Trone vie to represent Downtown & Northwest Pasadena March 5th primary election may determine Councilman for District 3 If no candidate receives a majority, then the top two candidates will… Continue reading

Rose Parade Floats are a celebration of Southern California

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WHY WE LOVE PASADENA SoCal Cities are highlight of parade Pasadena’s annual New Year’s celebration, the world-famous Rose Parade, gave its founders the opportunity to bask in Pasadena’s crisp sunshine, green hills, and… Continue reading

Personal Resolutions for the New Year

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Originally posted on Boyonabike!:
On the one hand, I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions.  I mean, if you’re going to do something, why wait for New Year’s day to resolve to do…

December Dinner Celebration + Metro Discounts

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Ride the Metro and receive exclusive discounts at some of Old Pasadena’s most popular restaurants and retail outlets. Downtown Residents who take the Gold Line or use Metro can turn those Metro passes… Continue reading

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

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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… Continue reading

Pasadena and the 710 Freeway Extension

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October Monthly Meeting–How the 710 Tunnel Option would impact Pasadena: a special presentation Join us for our regular “Third Thursday” members meeting on October 18th for a special presentation on the 710 Freeway… Continue reading

What is Form-Based Code?

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Form-Based Code is an alternative to the type of zoning that Pasadena and most cities currently use. Form-Based Code is a way to pre-specify and pre-visualize the actual shapes–including styles, ingress/egress points, frontages,… Continue reading

Stefanos Polyzoides on “Form-Based Codes”

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June 14th: Noted Architect & Urbanist to discuss ideas for a Livable Pasadena How do you envision the future of Downtown Pasadena? Thoughtful development that preserves and protects our historic, architectural, and cultural… Continue reading

New Parks and the Misuse of Residential Impact Fees

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A Response to Redistricting: Council called on to demonstrate the support they offered during the redistricting process by acting to create Downtown parks, implement pedestrian & bike infrastructure. Video: Council should Lead towards… Continue reading

Video: DPNA asks City Council to reconsider district boundaries

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4-way split of Downtown Pasadena under-serves Downtown residents Video of the DPNA’s request + response from the Mayor and Councilmembers The DPNA submitted a letter to the council, and attended the April 2nd City… Continue reading

Redistricting > Central District Deserves Representation

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Open Letter to the Pasadena Redistricting Task Force:  My wife and I relocated from the NY/NJ area to Southern California in 2010, and we consciously chose the Playhouse District for our residence after… Continue reading

Letter to the Pasadena Redistricting Task Force Requesting a Consolidated City Council District for Downtown Pasadena Residents

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Sent on March 7, 2012 Dear Redistricting Task Force Members and Pasadena City Council Members: I am writing to ask you to recommend the consolidation of downtown Pasadena into one district with its… Continue reading

Climate Change and Pasadena’s General Plan: What Would It Take? The Carbon Neutral City

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California and Pasadena are committed to “green” environmental policies. But a lot of the beneficial changes we’ve enacted––the bag ban, 10% renewable energy, green building codes, etc.––are a drop in the bucket compared… Continue reading

ONE Council District for Downtown Pasadena

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Downtown Residents Demand to be Better Represented. A letter to Pasadena’s City Council and the Redistricting Task Force. To:  Mayor Bill Bogaard, Pasadena City Council: Jackie Robinson, Margaret McAustin, Chris Holden, Gene Masuda, Victor Gordo,… Continue reading

New York Times calls Pasadena a “Transforming Suburb”

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Demographic Trends Make Walkable Urban Neighborhoods More Desirable Pasadena real estate will continue to hold value if the city continues support for higher-density mixed-use developments with good transit and pedestrian connections. A recent… Continue reading

Dec 6th Holiday Meeting of the DPNA

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The Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association will be meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Please join us! We will be enjoying a little holiday cheer and also discussing strategies… Continue reading

Leading Urbanist to Present Talk about “The Future of Placemaking in Economic Development …and How This Has Particular Meaning for Downtown Pasadena”

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The Playhouse & Old Pasadena Management Associations will present a very special discussion with Christopher Leinberger. He will present “The Future of Placemaking in Economic Development …and How This Has Particular Meaning for… Continue reading

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