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Exploring Oaklawn in South Pasadena

Exploring Oaklawn in South Pasadena
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Explore Oaklawn with me! In 1904, a brand new residential development was taking shape in a peaceful orange grove at the northern end of South Pas.  Although it contained only one large oak tree, it was called Oaklawn.  “The good life,” South Pasadena Realty and Investment Company promised, “is in South Pasadena.” Billed as “Suburb […]

Exploring Oaklawn in South Pasadena

Exploring Oaklawn in South Pasadena

Explore Oaklawn with me! In 1904, a brand new residential development was taking shape in a peaceful orange grove at the northern end of South Pas.  Although it contained only one large oak tree, it was called Oaklawn.  “The good life,” South Pasadena Realty and Investment Company promised, “is in South Pasadena.” Billed as “Suburb […]

Bell Epoque

Bell Epoque

Now that the 2016-17 academic year is well underway, I thought I’d let you in on a little South Pas school history… This gorgeous bronze bell was cast in 1889. It was the original bell for South Pasadena’s Center Street School — the first school in the city. In 1928, the bell was installed in […]

Recommended Reading List of South Pasadena Authors

Recommended Reading List of South Pasadena Authors

I’ll bet most people in South Pasadena have no idea that they are living side by side with some pretty amazing authors.  From children’s books to political commentary, history to literary fiction, the scope of books penned by South Pasadena writers is vast and wonderful. From time to time, I will highlight a few of […]

South Pasadena: City with a View

South Pasadena: City with a View

A little city with big views… If you looked in the skies above South Pasadena in the fall of 1913, you might have seen aerialist Roy Knabenshue’s amazing dirigible.  Sailing over 800 feet in the air, the flying machine thrilled locals.  For a whopping cost of $25 a ride, a brave traveler could experience what […]

Musings for a New School Year

Musings for a New School Year

My, how they’ve grown… It’s back to school time. Most of South Pasadena’s kids are putting their noses to the grindstone in SPUSD’s public schools. Others are attending private progressive schools like Waverly, Waldorf and Sequoyah or the highly academic Polytechnic. Some are in charter schools. A few are homeschooling. A few are even unschooling. […]

A Post for Fellow Treehuggers…

A Post for Fellow Treehuggers…

Trees, trees and more South Pasadena trees! I want to thank readers Johnny and Greenman for emailing me after yesterday’s post on the library tree.  You guys asked if I had any video slideshows of my many (many!) tree pictures?  I aims to please… But before you click on the above video, I am reminded […]

South Pasadena Family Tree

South Pasadena Family Tree

Ever wonder about the history of the majestic Moreton Bay fig tree outside the South Pasadena Public Library? It certainly seems primordial — like a remnant of our earth’s distant past. My daughter  once said that she thought the tree surely must have been around when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Even though I could imagine […]

South Pasadena Family Tree

South Pasadena Family Tree

Ever wonder about the history of the majestic Moreton Bay fig tree outside the South Pasadena Public Library? It certainly seems primordial — like a remnant of our earth’s distant past. My daughter  once said that she thought the tree surely must have been around when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Even though I could imagine […]

South of Huntington

South of Huntington

Check out the neighborhoods south of Huntington When I first moved to South Pasadena, I thought the city’s southernmost border was Huntington Drive.  It’s a logical assumption: Huntington is a major thoroughfare.  It seems like some kind of line of demarcation. As it turns out, the corner of Huntington and Fair Oaks was once the […]

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