Wednesday, May 13, 2009
You know I’m not one to complain or criticize. Live and let live; just allow me to gather my rosebuds while I may. But, in the interests of full disclosure, I have taken a couple of well-deserved swipes in the general direction of Downtown Altadena.
While the surrounding communities shine like jewels in the foothill crown, Altadena has a dandruff problem. Many liquor stores (and not of the wine shop variety), gas stations, one ugly-ass grocery store, trumped in ugliness by a nearby Rite Aid. Oh yeah, a burned out bank that sat vacant for like two years.
And that’s too bad, because these eyesores hide some real gems -- shops, galleries, restaurant, coffee house...
The profile may change. Altadena Arts Coalition, "a coalition of local artists and business owners dedicated to improving Altadena's economy and culture," is sponsoring an actual downtown event this Friday, May 15th, from 4-9, on Lake Street between New York and Altadena Drive. Art, photography, antique car shows. Food, portraits, animals, music, well—what more could you ask for? Bring the family – you know, Emily and Jacob.
A few bloggers will be participating, including OpenMouthInsertFork, Altadenablog, Altadena Daily Photo, Pasadena Daily Photo, and me.
I sat next to Petrea once before on one of these things. “Oh, Pasadena photo, I love your site,” everyone gushes. They turn politely to me and ask, “So, I take it you hike or something?”
Come join us. Bring moral support. Maps available at Webster’s.