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1964 Rick's Drive-In in Pasadena threatened

Postby nichols » Tue Sep 26, 2006 12:37 pm

LOS ANGELES TIMES

In Pasadena, 'Smart Growth' Threatens Little Landmarks
While some praise new mixed-use complexes, others fear the city's character will be lost.

By Andrew Blankstein and David Pierson, Times Staff Writers
September 26, 2006

For 42 years, Ralph Fonzo has been serving burgers and tacos at Rick's Drive-In on El Molino Avenue in Pasadena, a landmark beloved by locals.

But next year, Rick's is to be torn down to make way for one of the mixed-use residential complexes that have become a fixture of what some call the "new Pasadena."

The city, home of the Rose Parade, stately mansions and one of the birthplaces of the Southland's historic preservation movement, is in the midst of a boom that has added more than 2,000 housing units in the last five years with 3,000 more on the drawing board.

Last week, the City Council approved what is the largest housing development in its history, an "urban village" of 820 dwellings and 22,000 square feet of commercial space on the site of Ambassador College near Old Town Pasadena.

The city has emerged as one of the most enthusiastic proponents of "smart growth" — building condos, lofts and apartments above businesses and close to transit lines.

The strategy has transformed parts of the city, bringing dense residential developments along major commercial strips such as Colorado Boulevard and Lake Avenue.

But it is increasingly generating criticism from some residents who fear that the dense development is fundamentally changing the city's well-maintained character.

Kent Burke, an Old Pasadena resident who has eaten burritos at Rick's for years, said the impending loss of the drive-in underscores what he sees as a shift in the city away from preserving the past and toward new development.

"All of a sudden, nothing seems to matter anymore," Burke said. "Pasadena is losing all its tradition. Places like Rick's are living examples of what Pasadena all meant and they're being taken away from us so that they can make a mini-New York City."...

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Postby Nathan » Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:41 pm

I wish I could say it often enough: like grey is the new black, and Thursday is the new Friday, retarded is the new smart. And by "retarded" I do not mean developmentally disabled; I mean it with every low and ugly connotation the word can afford.

It's bad enough that Mayor Villaretardo insists that we rezone every community to "hi-density" for the benefit "of the children" (tie a knot in it already, people!) but that genuine urbanists would roll over for this sort of thing is unconscionable. It's the McMansion logic writ large: move here because it's nice, destroy what's nice, and then wonder why it isn't nice anymore.

A handbasket of our own design.

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Postby nichols » Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:54 am

PASADENA WEEKLY

Slated to be kissed off by a wrecking ball later this year, Rick's Drive-In, Pasadena's French-fry and urban bird sanctuary, is getting a longer look.
At the 11th hour, said Mary Lou Fonzo, wife of Ralph Fonzo who opened Rick's in 1964: "Rick's landlord told us that overbuilding of condos in the area makes it likely they won't take our space to build more condos for at least two years. In the meantime, we'll be looking for a permanent spot nearby, even though many customers say they'll follow us anywhere."...

http://www.pasadenaweekly.com/article.p ... ssueNum=81


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