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The Rose Parade

The Rose Parade

It’s pretty much impossible to envision life in Pasadena without the Rose Parade. Even parade-hating grinches have to deal with it, because the hullabaloo is so pervasive. Construction begins on the grandstands in the fall, and you can’t get into the Old Town Ralphs without negotiating the risers. Local high-school girls swarm the Rose Queen [...]

Pasadena City College

Pasadena City College

Originally called Pasadena Junior College, this exemplary school began in 1924 on the site of the original Pasadena High School, which later moved to East Pasadena. The alum roster is impressive indeed for a junior college, including teacher Jaime Escalante, author Octavia Butler, rock star Eddie Van Halen, filmmaker John Singleton (who took his first [...]

California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology

With a faculty and alumni population that includes 31 Nobel laureates, five Crafoord laureates and scientists who have discovered everything from anti-matter to the difference between the left brain and the right brain, Caltech is one of the smartest places in the world. But it’s not a particularly populous place: It’s home to just 967 [...]

Fuller Theological Seminary

Fuller Theological Seminary

A Christian graduate school with an evangelical bent, Fuller trains ministers, psychologists, therapists and philosophers. The central-Pasadena campus, which comprises lovely old homes and a few modern buildings, is the school’s headquarters, but there are many satellites, including in Colorado Springs, Seattle and Sacramento. The student body is remarkably diverse, coming from all over the [...]

Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock

That’s Right, You Heard Me: Eagle Rock is Hip! The Facts What It Is: An L.A community bordered by Pasadena to the west, Glendale to the east and north and Highland Park to the south Population: 17,763 Ethnic Diversity: 47% Caucasian, 39% Hispanic, 25% Asian, 2% African-American Median Household Income: $47,488 Key Players Occidental College [...]

Highland Park

Highland Park

Arroyo Arts Haven The Facts What It Is: A 3.76-square-mile section of L.A west of South Pasadena and south of Eagle Rock Population: 58,051 Ethnic Diversity: 73% Hispanic and/or white, 12% Caucasian, and 3% African American Key Players In the early 20th century, Highland Park was a mecca for intellectual practitioners of the Arts & [...]

La Crescenta & Montrose

La Crescenta & Montrose

I Thought This Was Glendale! The Facts What It Is: Sister suburbs at the bast of the San Gabriel Mountains, north of Glendale and west of La Cañada, about twelve miles north of downtown L.A; unincorporated, they are overseen by the L.A County goverment Population: 18,532 Ethnic Diversity: White folks make up a considerable majority, [...]

Monrovia

Monrovia

Small Town U.S.A The Facts What It Is: A fourteen-square-mile city bordered by the San Gabriel Mountains to the north, Pasadena to the west, Arcadia to the south and Azusa to the east Population: 37,996 Ethnic Diversity: Primarily Caucasian and Hispanic, but also 9% African-American and 7% Asian, the latter of which is oddly small [...]

Around Town with Little Kids

Around Town with Little Kids

Had enough of playing Candy Land and going to the same old playground? You’re in luck—the Pasadena area is rich with outings for families with young children. Here are some of our favorites. For young ones, Kidspace is the place to be. It began as a labor of love in a makeshift, donated space and [...]

Green Street Restaurant

Green Street Restaurant

You cannot call yourself a true Pasadenan until you have had a Dianne salad, whether you eat it on the popular outdoor patio, in the bright, casual-café interior or, as so many locals do, in a to-go version at a board meeting. A version of a Chinese chicken salad, it is simply impossible to stop [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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