Sunday, June 08, 2008

uniquely pasadenian


at first glance this photo could have been taken on the main street of any town across the us of a. but i promise you, this picture could only have been taken in pasadena. no, i'm not referring to the cool building that jamba juice is located in (although it is pretty cool), i'm looking at two other things. the first is the diagonal crosswalk. if you notice, the traffic lights in both directions are red. traffic is blocked four ways and people are free to cross in normal directions, as well as crossing the intersection at an angle - free of traffic from any direction. i'm sure this exists in other cities, but pasadena is the first place i have seen this take place.

the second unique distinction may not be so easy to notice. it is the red line painted on the middle of the road. it's not that pasadena doesn't like the color yellow, this red line actually denotes the rose parade route. it is easier to see when the photo gets blown up to a larger size...


so now you know two new facts about pasadena! prepare to impress your friends.

12 comments:

Clare Scott said...

Ben, were you aware that during the Rose Parade the float drivers are hidden under the decoration. The only thing they can see to navigate is the red line, which they view by looking down from their little capsules inside.

Ben Wideman said...

That makes sense! Thanks for that additional info Clare.

docker said...

What about the (more visible) blue line? Maybe people would be interested in what that's for. [grin]

Ben Wideman said...

Yikes, I have no idea...

any help out there?

susanah j. wideman said...

that thing where the lights are red, and the walkers go any which way across the road - it's in auckland, nz too! sweet as.

Emerson said...

The blue line is for the Rose Parade, as well. It shows the crowd lining the Parade route how far out into the street they are allowed to sit. Or park their folding chairs, cots, sleeping bags or sofas!

Ben Wideman said...

thanks for the insight emerson... i've yet to be at a parade in person, now I know!

Petrea said...

What a totally cool post! I never knew about the red and blue lines.

ptowngirl said...

That is some interesting info! The other thing I thought was cool and interesting about the second photo was how the two men in jeans are walking in sync!

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Ben Wideman said...

petrea, you learn something new every day iguess!

Ptowngirl, I have been wondering if they were posing for me... Seems too coincidental

Petrea said...

Are you sure the word isn't "Pasadenyish?"

Ben Wideman said...

hmm... I'm going to say yes I'm sure, but I do like the sound of Pasadenyish.