June 5, 2012 |
First published on Nov. 27, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012. It's 1922, and nothing much is up in Pasadena. Not among the orange groves, not along the leafy streets. Just as the little old ladies like it. But wait. Down in the Arroyo Seco, a crew has just started erecting some kind of stadium. On Pepper Street, Mallie Robinson's 3-year-old son may already be showing signs of amazing athleticism. Over at Polytechnic School, a tall 10-year-old named Julia McWilliams is developing the taste and aplomb that will make her America's best-known chef.
July 16, 1998 |
The Chicago-to-Los Angeles Route 66 was founded in 1926. "The Mother Road," as John Steinbeck dubbed it in his novel "The Grapes of Wrath," became the nation's principal east-west artery for Depression-era migrants in search of opportunity, and a postwar generation of recreational drivers eager to explore the West.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1993 |
In Stetson and denims, Pasadena Mayor Rick Cole rode a balky palomino pony onto the Colorado Street Bridge on Monday, officially reopening the 80-year-old landmark after nearly four years of reconstruction. The span became Pasadena's leading earthquake casualty when chunks of concrete began working their way loose and plummeting into the Arroyo Seco--160 feet below--after the 1987 Whittier Narrows temblor. The bridge was closed in 1989 by safety inspectors.
July 5, 1992
Re Thomas Keiser's letter concerning the expenditure of $27.4 million to preserve the Colorado Street Bridge, which no longer serves any transportation purpose (Times, June 28): The Editor's Note that followed said that $20 million of the money was from the Federal Highway Administration, leaving only some $7.4 million to be paid by the city and county. This seems to imply that since someone else's money is being spent, it is OK. At all levels of government, budget balancing is painful or impossible, and one of the reasons is that everyone thinks spending someone else's money is OK. There is no such thing as someone else's money; it comes from all of us. Mr. Keiser is right--we can't balance our budgets if we spend the money foolishly.
June 28, 1992
Re Colorado Street Bridge How annoying to read that $27.4 million is being spent to preserve a bridge that no longer serves any transportation purpose (Times, June 14.) Is it any wonder the city of Pasadena can't balance its budget? THOMAS KEISER Pasadena Editor's Note: Most of the money to repair the bridge--$20 million--is from the Federal Highway Administration, with the rest paid by the city and county.
June 14, 1992 |
The Colorado Street Bridge has the battered and trussed look of an accident survivor these days, with its graceful arches slung in puffy tarpaulins and an army of workers fussing at its sides. The deck, across which 5,000 vehicles used to glide daily, has long since been peeled away, exposing the bridge's ribs. But the beloved old structure, a favorite of landscape painters for almost 80 years, is definitely on the mend, city officials say. About halfway into the $27.