Today I’m calling it Before & After. Next week maybe Then & Now. Next month, Pasadena Makeover or The Way We Were.
Anyhows, I best blog about Pasadena before someone starts asking if I’m still alive or something worse.
Before: Early 1930’s. Colorado & Garfield looking north, dead ending with the central library in the background. (Image: LA Public Library Archives)
After: May 2011. Colorado & Garfield looking north, dead ending with the central library in the background.
Happen to find this image very quickly by accident, and trying to find it again on purpose, I’m afraid would probably take a lil more time! I have more images like these – just don’t have much time to blog about it. And I certainly don’t have the time to go into depth on our history like some do, ahem, the tireless wonder that is our Ann dePio as a prime example!
Thus, lettuce do some quickie comparative analysis of these fotos. Based solely by the fotos one could make reasonable assumptions such as:
- We in 2011 have cleaner, bluer skies, & less of a smog problem than our ancestors 80 years ago!
- In the 1930s women confidently strolled the streets without need of the male species. Unlike what you often see today on Colorado Blvd with women walking their male companions. Therefore, women appear to have been more independent & liberated in the old days than today.
- People were less colorful last century than we of this. They were more into more black & white, shades of gray, whereas we’re all over the rainbow.
- Look at those cars & pedestrians! Traffic & overpopulation appear to have been a bigger headache back then.
- The main Post Office on the northwest corner still stands, although, “main” in name only. The Orange Grove/Lincoln office is now numero uno.
- Citihall is the most architecturally significant building in the city. And Colorado Blvd is the main street; one of the most famous in the world. You would think the city, leaders, in their wisdom would want it’s architectural masterpiece to be seen from the famous boulevard as it was back in the 30’s. Instead, they allowed one of the tallest buildings to be built right in front of this Pasadena landmark. All but covered up from main street! Oh, and knocked down what appears to be a wonderful office/bank building of the Roman/Greco style on the northeast corner.
- I don’t know the history of how that grand old building got to be cut down and how the new came to arise upon its grave. But I’m sure it would make a fascinating read. Like a crime novel or mystery history. Well heck, I still miss the Pasadena Cafeteria (and any cafeteria for that matter) right in that part of Colorado! Remember that Pasadena Plaza or whatever they called it before the Paseo? Well, the point is Citihall is mostly hidden from Colorado Blvd for now. Buildings, or trees, some things are just difficult to understand. Oh well, no worries – this was just one example. Evolutionary progress continues.
That’s all I’m gonna say. Maybe these images sparked some thoughts of your own.
Gotta Move On. Stay Thirsty My Friends