To Grow or Not to Grow, That Is the Question

Sep 22, 2010

Photo by Brigham Yen

It’s a conundrum that Tevye would appreciate:

On the one hand, growth brings jobs and much-needed tax revenue to Pasadena.

On the other hand, it increases traffic.

But on the other hand, mass-transit-adjacent growth helps reduce our dependence on the car and is better for the environment.

But on the other, other hand, thoughtless growth can turn a highly valued historic community into a cheapened, soulless mall.

Yet, if we restrict growth, we might scare away even existing businesses that we depend upon.

What’s your opinion? To help express it, and just as important, to learn from other perspectives, we at Hometown Pasadena encourage you to attend one of the two upcoming city-sponsored workshops on the subject, as Pasadena prepares to update its all-important General Plan, a sort of construction constitution for the coming decade. The City Council and Mayor Bill Bogaard insist that they want lots of community input on this matter, and we believe them.

General Plan Workshops: Land Use & Mobility
Saturday, September 25, 9 a.m. – noon
Thursday, September 30, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Pasadena Senior Center
85 E. Holly St., Old Pasadena
Free and open to the public
For more information: 626.744.6807,



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