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“MY CITY” 1916 a. The early visioning stages of planning Pasadena’s Civic Center under Dean Damon and the City Beautiful Association focused on the potential of a civic center at Memorial Park (then known as Library Park). By rerouting the Santa Fe (Gold Line) tracks, their vision was to expand the park for a rectangular Civic Center plan beside a unified rail terminal at Colorado and what is now Arroyo Parkway, which would serve as a gateway to the city. Exiting the station, the visitor would be greeted by the civic center framed by mountains and arterial streets connecting to the rest of Pasadena (p.38). It would take another 75 years to reroute the tracks below ground, as the Santa Fe would not cooperate in altering their route. Pasadena’s new Civic Center would have to be built two blocks east using a long-axis plan instead of the more rectangular arrangement that has been so successful in San Francisco. Pasadena’s long axis plan would prove to much more problematic because as stretching the Civic Center over a six-blocks created interruptions in the middle and less of a cohesive whole than a rectangular arrangement. MAIN STREET a. “nineteen suburbs in search of a metropolis” H.L. Mencken

of city planning might have a part.” This document can be found at Planning_Association_Conference_Proceedings.pdf NEXT STEPS a. Page 147. In the 20th century, young people were active in public planning. In 1916, a young man of 20 from SouthCentral Los Angeles named Paul Revere Williams entered and won First Prize in an open planning competition in Pasadena. In the 1970s, Christopher Sutton was instrumental in the fight against the construction of the Plaza Pasadena in his early 20s. THE CONCLUSIONS a. Page 152. “China’s suicide rate has also soared 60 percent in the past 50 years, particularly among the young, as an average of 287,000 Chinese citizens kill themselves every year. APPENDIX: “MY CITY” IN YOUR CITY Page 188. The three stages. These stages are taken from a quote by Arthur Schopenhauer: “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

b. “boosters and debunkers, of sunshine and noir,” are the names of the major chapters and themes explored in City of Quartz by Mike Davis. It is not a direct quote as “and, of, have been used to join his major themes.



The front photo of City Hall and the Civic Auditorium were taken by architectural photographer J.Miles Wolf for “My City.” Photos on page 66 and 67 by Ted Soqui. Thank you Ted!

a. “The Proceedings of the First National Conference on City Planning.” Published by the American Society of Planning Officials in September 1967. From the first page of the Preface, the ASPO writes, “In a statement in the proceedings of the second national conference on city planning held the following year, it would seem that there were 43 persons at the 1909 meeting. …. As a result of the first conference and the obvious interest in planning, the group organized itself as the National Conference on City Planning. The conception of planning as a separate profession was not apparent in the 1909 meeting. At several points in the discussion of organization matters, it was clear that the delegates were not thinking about forming an organization that would treat city planning as a new profession. The National Conference on City Planning was set up merely as a committee that would arrange the details of an “annual conference in which all organizations contributing to the development of the science

A debt of gratitude to Bruce Litz for archival materials, scratch-board renderings on pages 67 and 86 and general guidance. Thank you Bruce.

Special Thanks to the Pasadena History Museum and John Fode for all the great images and support. Images Courtesy Pasadena Public Library through Pasadena Digital History Collaboration.

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