In 1962, South Pasadena’s Community Redevelopment Agency offered lots for auction in the Monterey Hills with a starting bid of $20,000.
Altos de Monterey is the city’s last major redevelopment project. All downtown redevelopment initiatives have failed to get off the ground over the previous 55 years.
The above photo was taken from La Manzanita Street, depicting the hills after they were graded and paved. In the background (just to the right of the “S” curve) is the future site of Monterey Hills Elementary School.
Note: In 1906, a city booster slogan claimed South Pasadena is the “City of Happy Homes.” And for more than a century, residents take pride knowing our city is predominantly a neighborhood community.
Throwback Thursday is written and produced by Rick Thomas