Talk of Our Towns


Schools Doing Their Stimulus Duty

Schools Doing Their Stimulus Duty

You’d never know we’re in a recession if you’ve cruised past many of Pasadena’s finest schools this summer. It’s been a veritable frenzy of construction—all great for the local economy, of course, and good for the students, too. Work is moving furiously at some schools, like Sequoyah and Westridge, which plan on having work completed [...]

Rover Roving the Arroyo

Rover Roving the Arroyo

Our friend Bruce Moision, a JPL engineer, tipped us off that JPL/NASA is testing the latest Mars Rover, named Athlete, in the upper Arroyo– and this Rover will be roving the Arroyo tomorrow, Friday, if you’d like to go spy it in action. Here’s a photo of the Rover they’re testing; Bruce is going to [...]

An Artist at Work

An Artist at Work

Thanks to Lori Webster for drawing our attention to this short video showing Altadena Ngene Mwaura, a sculpture, painter, mixed-media artist and silkscreener of very cool t-shirts. The video shows him creating a new t-shirt, from conception to final product. You’ll find some of his t-shirts for sale on Etsy; his prints and some other [...]

Wandering Old Town

Wandering Old Town

Some thoughts while wandering Old Pasadena on a lovely summer Saturday afternoon: When a street parking spot opens before me on the weekend, I figure it’s a sign from God that I need to take it, even if I don’t need to buy, eat or drink anything. As much as I decry the mallification of [...]

Slake Your Thirst (at Vroman’s)

Slake Your Thirst (at Vroman’s)

Everybody’s talking about Slake. Presumably everybody is reading it too—what else is one to do with Los Angeles’s very own brand new quarterly literary journal? In addition to being something of a precious object, it is full of good, interesting, varied writing. And I can say without bias that two of my favorite pieces so [...]

Coffee Action

Coffee Action

Pasadena’s coffee people, who are numerous indeed, are abuzz with two new developments. First is last week’s opening of the new Intelligentsia Coffee in Old Town, in the former Wok ‘n Roll space on the north side of Colorado jus west of Raymond. A Chicago native, Intelligentsia first settled in Silver Lake, where it instantly [...]

Rose Parading in Summer

Rose Parading in Summer

For us locals, the Rose Parade is pretty much a year-round event. The army of volunteers starts working on the coming year’s parade on January 2nd, float builders start that same month, and we all know it’s Thanksgiving when the stands appear on Orange Grove. For us at Hometown Pasadena, the parade starts in mid-summer, [...]

Big Belly Preservation

Big Belly Preservation

Snaps (or props, or whatever your preferred idiom for casual friendly praise) to the City of Pasadena for installing 40 new Big Belly solar-powered trash compactors in areas with lots of pedestrian traffic. The receptacles are a thoroughly green product: by compacting their cargo, they can hold about five times as much as a standard [...]

Choosing Pasadena

Choosing Pasadena

The word “hometown” is heavily weighted. It evokes community, family, history and stability. Whether real or longed for, a hometown implies a sense of belonging, perhaps even of nurturing. No matter that so many Americans move so frequently — as a society we still place a high value on at least the idea of a hometown.

Eating the Rose Bowl: The L.A. Street Food Festival

Eating the Rose Bowl: The L.A. Street Food Festival

Los Angeles, you may have heard, is in the midst of a love affair with the food truck. The most recent episode in this fling—if it can still be called that—was last Saturday at the Rose Bowl, where a sold-out crowd of 5,000, including yours truly, showed up for the Los Angeles Street Food Festival’s [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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