Monday, May 18, 2009

welcome to pasadena?


i've never understood who's brilliant idea it was to build a massive industrial area right beside the 110 highway for visitors to see RIGHT when they pull in to town. or did the highway come second?

maybe i need some insight from our locals.

7 comments:

sjan said...

The highway is fairly old, I think it's been around since the 1930's. That's my high school right next to the power plant, which, if I'm not mistaken, is a historic monument, so it's probably even older.

Cafe Pasadena said...

It's supposed to be there as a scarecrow - to keep people from continuing to move here!

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

they hide cell phone towers

ben wideman said...

Cafe, you may be on to something there!

Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

Trish said...

Ben---don't know when the power plant was constructed, but if you look at some of the over crossings on the 11, or now the 110 (at least from Pasadena to Dodger Stadium), you'll see dates like 1940, 1938 and at one point, I know there was a 1933 stamped on one of them. That's the ONLY explanation for the 5ft onramps, on a curve, at some entrances!!!

I do strongly suspect the plant was there first, otherwise the fwy would not wind around as it does, nor would the railroad tracks wind as they do. As a child I used to REALLY enjoy seeing the fountain lit up at night!

ben wideman said...

I thought PIO was going to give us a bit more info to fill in the details, but she has not done so yet...

Trish said...

I was going to say, doesn't PIO wander past here once in a while?!?!

Probably busy trying to slash budgets to manage what the Governator is going to offer up for a budget this year!

ok...was going to end it there....but as I went to post this, the verification word was: reams uhm, how does blogger know?!?! ;-)