Monday, October 25, 2010

Just one more time

I've got a new piece up at Patch Altadena. And I've taken off the nice gloves.







Not that I like to run in circles, chase my tail, or cover the same ground, but...



will you walk with me, just one more time, down the mean streets of my hometown?

25 comments:

  1. Off to run the streets with you, "one more time"/anytime! But first, gotta run through this green green grass one more time. WOW, what vibrancy - even in his eyes.

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  2. We don't really have much of a downtown here in my little town. Of course, when the town is literally one mile square, that's not a surprise. Maybe I should travel the 2 or 3 miles to the next town down and take pictures of a quaint little old style downtown for your friend the town idiot? To show that a pharmacy, a pub, a firehouse, a library, a deli, a post office, a couple of not-much-of-anything shops and an ancient grocery can coexist happily? Having no town center is sad. But your furry friend is clearly happy. Thor approves.

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  3. In years past, Altadenans have rejected moving from the purely advisory town council format to a Municipal Advisory Council format or to full incorporation.

    Altadenans have little say in how their property and sales tax monies, which go into a county-wide pool, are allocated.

    Altadenans have no access to the unincorporated municipal services study that is supposed to be conducted by L.A. County every five years. That document shows how sales and property tax monies contributed by each unincorporated town are allocated to all unincorporated towns in L.A. County.

    What is the common vision for Altadena? What are the shared values of Altadenans that would enable the entire town to unite around a single issue such as, say, a town center?

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  4. Dogs and kids! Once you start playing with them, they never want to stop!

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  5. I would pay good money for access to that wide green pasture. What's your price?

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  6. You've hit on a pet peeve of mine, places that aren't places. There are a few in metro Detroit, and I just don't get the appeal, even though there are sometimes nice houses, good schools etc. I figured Altadena was too old to not be a real place.

    Town square, town oval, main drag, main intersection-without those there really is no there there.

    I wonder if I also see it as emblematic of white flight, rendering downtown Detroit a checker board of nice spots and grand buildings flanked by deserted stores, barred windows, and hollow shells that once were decent apartments.

    Nice pics again, esp. Albert's proud grin finale.

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  7. If I'd never done this Patch thing, I never would have known there was some guy living somewhere (not Altadena, obviously), who thought he could tear down our history and stick us with a bunch of industrial buildings. My jaw is still on the floor. But my fingers aren't. Thanks for coming by. That meant a lot.

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  8. Is there no leash law in Altadena? I don't picture Albert doing well on a leash.

    Simi Valley was once described as "Dozens of shopping centers in search of a downtown."

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  9. Welcome to the world of fighting City Hall, or County Seat!

    WV: knonon. This a bureaucrat who wants to run your life but knos nada!

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  10. And keep those damn gloves off KB. Give em hell!
    V

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  11. Is that Albert, The Bullet Dog? All he needs is a cape and he'd be flying.

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  12. Wow...I'd say you hit another one out of the park with this article. You'd better watch out, or you'll get yourself elected to office.

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  13. Albert is capable of anything, so long as a tennis ball is involved.

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  14. I'm pretty sure Blogger is built to handle the number of comments that A.H. gets but I'm getting a little worried about the Patch.

    If it crashes, we'll know who to blame.

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  15. What Carolynn said.

    From reading the comments on Patch last night (I'm sure there are more today) and from reading Monica's comment here, and from reading your article, Karin, I learned a lot about Altadena I hadn't known before. It's shocking to know how little power Altadenans have in deciding what goes on in their own town!

    Problem is, it's not officially a town. Maybe it should be.

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  16. like the wind---beautiful to see him run. Nothing quite as pretty as a dog zipping around, panting, tail up, ears up and smiling...cuz you know they do when they are having fun!

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  17. Albert's having a great time with that ball. Your Patch post has created such a reaction I'm thinking of you as "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," except that the commenters are nice people, not hornets. I didn't realize you still had time to update your AH blog, so I missed the previous post. I'm so happy to learn that the kitty's been adopted.

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  18. Yes, Bellis. And I promise to have something up here besides dog pictures in the next day or two. (though Albert has been so excited to be the featured attraction of late.) It's not that there's too much going on, it's just that my brain is too small.

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  19. I remember you once said of Albert, "He's horrible, but he's mine." He's a blog hero, though, and fabulous fodder--er, a great model.

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  20. Love what's happened when you took the gloves off. Great stuff that's been generated.

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