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The Colorado Street Bridge, 1913 Initiated by Pasadena’s Board of Trade three years before it sponsored “My City,” this new automobile link to Los Angeles was an engineering marvel that helped usher in the modern age.

out of downtown PLANNING THE Pasadena. Jeanne Carr’s CITY BEAUTIFUL husband Ezra, a professor and state Superintendent of With theNeighborhood Village Improvement Pasadena’s Libraries served to be the ‘the heart of the Public Instruction, exposed the everySociety setting a higher standard Pasadena resident is within walking distance of a library. The b mob’s members in the LA Times. for Pasadena, the town attracted services into the neighborhood and each branch library,/ through its p Perhaps, then,“the Chinese candleincreasingly wealthy progressively the unique character andand needs of the neighborhood that surrounds it maker” may also have been a token minded citizens. By 1900, Pasadena’s 9000 measure of cultural equanimity. residents owned 4000 bicycles. The cutting edge technology of bicycle shops produced Reid recalls, “The ten days’ proceedings showed the Wright Brothers’ aeroplane in Ohio, and in a vast resource of ingenuity, enterprise, skill, Pasadena they sold early automobiles, which first working energy and steadfastness.” In the end, appeared about this time. By 1915, Pasadena had however, PLAVIS did not raise the money needed the highest rate of car ownership in the world. to complete the half-built library. Instead, the free library Kinney envisioned a decade before required At this dawn of the Modern Age, engineering and an 1890 Pasadena bond initiative and for the city architecture now took the lead. Helping lead civic to take over the effort of operating what would improvement, Pasadena’s Board of Trade initiated become a very successful system of 10 libraries. the city’s new bridge to Los Angeles in 1913. George A. Damon, an electrical engineer from Throughout the history of Pasadena that follows, Chicago’s 1893 Fair, arrived in Pasadena about this mix of an authentic bottom-up vision with this time, becoming Dean of Engineering at what the expertise and efficiency of top-down logistics is now Caltech. In 1910, they were building a new is a repeating pattern that would culminate with campus at the edge of Pasadena. Concerns about Pasadena’s City Beautiful Movement and the the development of nearby intersections at Lake subsequent Golden Age of Development. Street and California prompted the 1914 “Four

Pasadena’s branch Libraries are “the heart of the neighborhoods,” often located beside a park or school. Central Library was proposed in 1915 and built 1925

Hill Ave. Branch, 1925





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"My City" tells the story of Pasadena’s City Beautiful Movement and the century that followed, exploring how this proven approach can be rev...

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"My City" tells the story of Pasadena’s City Beautiful Movement and the century that followed, exploring how this proven approach can be rev...

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