South Pasadena is like no other place on Earth. The weather is perfect, and views of the San Gabriel Mountains are breathtaking.
South Pas is uniquely located at the “crossroads” of Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley. Our city is so well situated many believe it is both a blessing and a curse.
For decades we had the finest transportation system of any small city in America. Route 66 ran along Fair Oaks and Mission, and a modern light rail system spread throughout the city.
The area had freshly paved streets with new automatic traffic signals installed at major intersections. Bridges crossed the Arroyo Seco at several places, joining local communities and providing direct access for transcendental travelers.
Roy Knabenshue offered the first commercial flight service in America – taking guests from The Raymond in his airship, way up high where the red-tailed hawks fly!
However, the streets and highways that unite us also divide us! The Arroyo Seco Parkway slices through our city, and the proposed 710 freeway extension threatens to plow through it from another direction.
“The Fight” (a term I coined for the epic battle between our residents and Caltrans) to keep a second highway from entering our city has been going on for more than a half-century. For those keeping score: Advantage, South Pas!
Throwback Thursday is written and produced by Rick Thomas