Past on Parade: Pasadena Municipal Electric Railroad
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#1 Jul 19, 2010
so you tell us about the great detailed map inside, and then the only picture included is the cover? great....
#2 Jul 19, 2010
What great memories that stirs up in my brain. They were wonderful ways of transportation and I remember at a young age going all the way from Pasadena to Long Beach and visiting the old Pike. Then on another day meeting the Catalina Steamer and going over to Avalon , Catalina and the young boys swimming to meet the boat and yelling, " Throw Coins."
My mom always cautioned us to not get off at Colorado and Fair Oaks due to seedy characters
frequenting the place.
I wish she could see Old Pasadena now, she would not believe it. My Dad ran a grocery store on Hill Avenuje called Joyce's market and we would earn inough money in later years to attend the Tower Theatre and see the war films. At times we would place coins on the rail road track and the steam engines would flatten them out..
Those were the days.
#3 Jul 19, 2010
Tom you must be older than me. I grew up in the 50's and lived on Michigan Avenue.I remember Joyce's Market well. It was well run and had everything including penny candy and was always busy. We also shopped at Carr's Market across the street. Mr. Carr delivered groceries in a Dobie Gillis type panel truck. My Mom had an account at both stores. Also I remember Chester-Villa Market, Wagner's Market on Mar Vista and Bennett's Market on Wilson. Yes those were the days.
#4 Jul 19, 2010
Hey, this is a great idea. It's STILL a great idea! The City of Pasadena could replace part of the ARTS bus system with a streetcar. I would recommend two lines, one going east down Green Street to Hill then coming back west on Colorado. The other one should go up and down Lake, connecting Cal Tech with the Gold Line (the Pacific Electric actually had a line running down Oak Knoll 60 years ago).
It should be a small, one vehicle streetcar like the Portland Streetcar currently running, so it could run in mixed traffic, no traffic lanes would be taken out. Wouldn't be that much bigger or heavier than a semi truck which is currently allowed on the street.
Simple center island "stations" (not much more elaborate than sidewalks, really, and much cheaper than the Gold Line stations) could be built around every four or five blocks. Such a two line system would only cost millions, not billions, and would add immensely to the utility of the Gold Line and Pasadena's economy in general.
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