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Event Summary – Playhouse District Tour

January 1, 2016 in 2015 | Comments (0)


This is a summary of a previous SCPC event,
from September 26, 2015. 
 

 

The Pasadena Playhouse District

Special Saturday Morning Tour

 

 

 

The Playhouse District Association (PDA), a non-profit corporation formed in 1995, is dedicated to managing and marketing Pasadena’s Playhouse District. In 2001, a coalition of PDA members, property owners and business owners formed a Property-Based Business Improvement District (PBID). The PBID pools private dollars to fund activities and services in the 32-block Playhouse District which is governed by an eleven-member board of directors representing the District’s property owners, businesses and institutions.

 

 Playhouse Facade

The Pasadena Playhouse,
from the Vroman’s/Laemmle’s Courtyard 

 

The Pasadena Playhouse, the area’s core landmark , closed in 1969, as part of a bankruptcy and did not reopen until 1986. The City bought the Playhouse during that long closure. Other changes came over the year. The JW Robinsons department store closed in 1990, replaced by the area’s first urban two-story Target in 1993. In 1995, the Streetscape and Walkways Plan was adopted. Then, in 2001, the Business Improvement District was formed.

 

 Area Wayfinding Sign

An Area Wayfinding Sign for Pedestrians

 

Within the District, thirty-five buildings are on the National Register. Little or no parking is provided on these building sites, due to the era in which they were built. The City provides 200 spaces in parking lots, but the District is 1,100 spaces short on parking, if Code requirements were enforced on all grandfathered uses. The District needs more parking to support more street frontage and evening uses to enliven the pedestrian environment, but a competing factor for open land where it exists, is the need for park space. There are no public parks within the District.

 

 Sidewalk Retail

Sidewalk Retail and Restaurants

 

Sidewalk Retail

More Sidewalk Retail and Restaurants

 

Sidewalk Newstand

The Sidewalk Newsstand at Vroman’s Bookstore

 

Vroman's Courtyard

The Courtyard at Vroman’s

 

The California State Theater was formed in 1937, then the designation was later moved to the Pasadena Playhouse location. The 766 East Colorado building that housed the theater remained, now re-used as a commercial space. The Sears department store company established a regional office building there in the 1920s. The Grace Nicholson Art Gallery was established, then later became the Pacific Asia Museum.

 

 Former Playhouse Site

766 Colorado, Former Playhouse Location

 

Pedestrian Crossing Point

Pedestrian Crossing Point Between Playhouse, Office Complex

 

A new office building across from the Playhouse provides a courtyard that mirrors the form of the Playhouse entrance, and provides ground-level retail spaces that front the courtyard. Community involvement produced this element and other historic, Art Deco design nods to be included in the project, designed originally as a modernist, corporate-looking building.

 

 Office Complex Front Facade

Office Complex Front Facade

 

Office Complex Courtyard Facade

Office Complex Courtyard Facade

 

Office Complex Courtyard

Office Complex Courtyard

 

These are the current focus areas of the District Association:

  • Expand activity nodes
  • Develop underutilized parcels: parking lots on major corridors such as Colorado Boulevard, etc. ·
  • Renewal of the District agreement is in-process, which must be redone every five year

For more information, visit the Playhouse District Association on-line. 

 

 

 

 


Thanks to Erlinda Romo for the Playhouse District tour!

August 19, 2015 in 2015 | Comments (0)

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Thanks to Erlinda Romo for the great presentation and
Playhouse District tour! 
 

 

The Pasadena Playhouse District

Special Saturday Morning Tour

 

 Playhouse Drawing

Image Source: Playhouse District Association

 

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Presentation 10:00 a.m., Walking Tour 10:30 a.m.
Lunch/Discussion 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Presentation Location:
Library, Pasadena Presbyterian Church,
585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

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Experience the Playhouse District, Pasadena’s center for culture, commerce and community and home of the historic and influential Pasadena Playhouse and Ice House Comedy Club, the independent and venerable Vroman’s Bookstore, Laemmle’s Movie Theater, Pasadena Museum of California Art, and USC Pacific Asia Museum. Learn about one of Pasadena’s must successful business improvement districts with its variety of cultural, residential, retail, restaurant, office, and entertainment uses, all contributing to the area’s high quality of life.

 

Our guest speaker:

 

Erlinda Romo
Executive Director, Playhouse District Association

 

 

LUNCH MENU

Lunch from the Einstein’s Bagels will be served at the presentation location.  The following boxed lunch selections are available: 

Tasty Turkey – Roasted turkey, spinach, cucumber, lettuce, and tomato with Onion & Chive Shmear on an Asiago Bagel

Albacore Tuna Salad – Albacore tuna salad with celery, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and mayonnaise on a fresh-baked Multigrain Roll

Hummus Veg Out – Hummus, tomato, red onion, spinach, arugula, roasted red peppers, cucumber, and Garden Veggie Smear on a fresh-baked Multigrain Roll

All sandwiches are served cold, and come with seasonal fresh fruit salad and a gourmet cookie. 

Bottled water will be made available. 

 


REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

Cost is $25, and registration space is limited.

This event has passed. 
On-line event registration has been closed. 

 

Late registration may be available thru Friday, 9/25, but lunch availability would not be guaranteed.  Please contact us at socalplanningcongress@gmail.com for late registration questions. 

Download the Event Flyer
(If you did not receive the event email)

 


MEETING LOCATION AND PARKING

 

Location: Library (Room 202), Pasadena Presbyterian Church,
585 East Colorado Boulevard, at Madison Avenue, Pasadena.

Event parking: Located on the west side of Madison Avenue, behind the church and mid-block between Colorado Boulevard and Union Street. $3 at central meter, credit cards accepted.

Directions to meeting room: From parking area, enter church office building through interior hallway, turn right and follow courtyard colonnade to the the upstairs library at Room 202.

A link to an aerial map is provided below.

 

Event Location Map

 

 
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“DTLA – A 24-Hour Center in the Making” has been cancelled.

May 7, 2015 in 2015 | Comments (0)

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This event has been cancelled. 
Current registrants will receive refunds. 

 

DTLA – Downtown Los Angeles

A 24-Hour Center in the Making

 

Downtown LA - from blogs.fidm.comPhoto Source: blogs.fidm.com

 

 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Meet and Greet at 6:30 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Taix French Restaurant:
1911 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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The robust Downtown Los Angeles we enjoy today has been more than 50 years in the making. A result of strong leadership, dedicated professionals, private investment, and public resources, the dream of a 24-hour urban center is coming true. New and revitalized neighborhoods have emerged, from the Old Bank District to South Park, the Fashion District to Gallery Row.

No longer just a 9-to-5 destination, DTLA is now sought after as a place to live, work, recreate and experience the arts, culture, and major events. Join the Southern California Planning Congress to hear one of the area’s most ardent proponents, with over 20 years of engagement, share his insights into Downtown’s past, present, and future. 

 

Our guest speaker:

 

Hal Bastian

 

Hal Bastian
President & CEO of Hal Bastian Inc., a Downtown revitalization consulting firm, and former Director of Economic Development & Executive Vice President of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District

 

 

DINNER MENU

Dinner entrees include fresh French baguette, Soup of the day,
Organic greens with house vinaigrette dressing, Fresh vegetable,
and Rice or potato.

 

With one of the following selections:

Coq Au Vin –
Traditional French dish of chicken cooked in a red wine sauce with mushrooms.

Fresh Boneless Trout Almondine

Pasta Monegasque –
Penne paste with tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive oil.

 

All with Sherbet and Coffee or tea.

 


REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

Cost: $40 general public, $30 members, $25 for students with ID

 

This event has been cancelled. 

 

 

Download the Event Flyer
(If you did not receive the event email)

 

 

Questions?
Email us at socalplanningcongress@gmail.com

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Event Summary – “Union Station Master Plan Update”

April 26, 2015 in 2015 | Comments (0)

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Southern California Planning Congress
Event Summary – January 2015

Union Station Master Plan Update:
The Historic Terminal is
Propelled into the Future

 

 

The January event was a follow-up of an earlier one on initial visioning for the Union Station Master Plan.  Now that the project is in a more advanced design stage, the event provided a good opportunity to learn more about the Plan’s progress. 

 

 

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Bob Fazio, the SCPC Vice President of Programs, introduced the speaker and project, giving some background on Union Station and its prominence in Los Angeles history and in the current transportation network. 

 

 

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Guest speaker Elizabeth Carvajal, Transportation Planning Manager at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, gave an overview of the project’s status. She also went through in detail a video animation of the various project components and how they would overlap as implementation progresses.

 

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The project, in its current form, has the following goals:

  • Celebrate the site’s history
  • Improve the Union Station passenger experience
  • Create a great destination
  • Prepare for High Speed Rail

 

The project embraces and preserves the historical terminal/station building, while greatly improving the design, airiness, and physical pedestrian travel capacity of the main east-west circulation hall (which is currently a tunnel under the station tracks).  The station tracks will be raised to a second level to accommodate this improved circulation network.  The pedestrian pathways will be open to daylight in many areas and will include seating and services, improving upon the utilitarian nature of the current tunnel. 

Joint development will be promoted anew, to provide commercial office and other uses at this commuter hub.  High speed rail, if completed to the Union Station site, would be accommodated within an adjacent facility to the east. 

The project video illustrates how many of the new project elements would come together.  Project construction will potentially involve the removal of some existing buildings and facilities, including the east portal  adjacent to the Patsaouras Transit Plaza, and the Plaza itself.  A new centralized facility will be provided immediately to the east of the main station building, providing better vehicle and pedestrian access. 

 

 Metro Project Video

This video in this screenshot was produced by Metro for the project. 
The full video can be viewed here

 

We look forward to seeing this grand station develop into a less isolated and better-linked node in our transportation infrastructure.  The station is now in public hands and we hope it becomes a more welcoming complex for the community at large. 

For more information, visit the Master Plan project page.
The related linkages project, the Connect US Action Plan, has a separate project page. 

 

 

 

 


Thanks to Elizabeth Carvajal for “UNION STATION MASTER PLAN UPDATE” on 1/14/15!

December 15, 2014 in 2015 | Comments (0)

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Thanks to Elizabeth Carvajal for this great event!

 

UNION STATION MASTER

PLAN UPDATE

 

The Historic Terminal is
Propelled into the Future

 

UnionStn Rendering
 

 

 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Meet and Greet at 6:30 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Taix French Restaurant:
1911 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Union Station has shaped the history of the Southern California region. Completion of the Union Station Master Plan, now under environmental review, will help shape the future.  

As the region’s transportation hub supporting multiple transit services and growth in the region, staged implementation of the Plan will improve multi-modal transit services, infrastructure, facilitate urban connections and guide investment and commerce.

 

Our guest speaker:

Elizabeth Carvajal
Transportation Planning Manager,
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

 

 

DINNER MENU

Dinner entrees include fresh French baguette, Soup of the day,
Organic greens with house vinaigrette dressing, Fresh vegetable,
and Rice or potato.

 

With one of the following selections:

Coq Au Vin –
Traditional French dish of chicken cooked in a red wine sauce with mushrooms.

Fresh Boneless Trout Almondine

Pasta Monegasque –
Penne paste with tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive oil.

 

All with Sherbet and Coffee or tea.

 


REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

Cost: $40 general public, $30 members, $25 for students with ID

 

Registration for this event has closed. 

Download the Event Flyer

(If you did not receive the event email)

 

 

Questions?
Email us at socalplanningcongress@gmail.com

Also, visit our Facebook page and click the “like” button to receive future updates as they are posted.
You can also follow us via Twitter for updates.