looks very different than it did in 1886,
the year it was incorporated as an official city. Six generations of Pasadenans
have managed to shape, grow and nurture it to their liking, creating a vibrant
community that has stayed true to its decades-old roots.
Now it’s our turn. With the 2009 General Plan update, we’ll all have a hand in
directing Pasadena’s future while upholding its longstanding values.
Priorities past and present are remarkably similar. Whether in 1909 or 2009, our
community has professed its commitment to neighborhoods and architecture with
character, trees, open space, vibrant business districts, a diverse population,
transportation choices, arts and culture and opportunities for learning, with
devoted support for our museums, libraries and world-class institutions.
As a result, Pasadena’s General Plan adapts to changing demographics and
community needs while upholding our city’s unique qualities and sense of place.
During the booming years of the 1920s and the period after World War II,
Pasadenans created expansive new neighborhoods and economic growth to match
their commitment to civic life. Likewise, the new millennium brought renewed
interest in Pasadena’s great strengths, attracting everyone from urban
professionals and young families with children to retirees. New residents
enjoyed the opportunities created in the 1994 General Plan and confirmed in the
2004 General Plan update.
Now 2009 brings a new opportunity. This year, we are all charged with advancing
Pasadena’s environmental goals and directives that have steadily evolved over
the past several years. Supporting the city’s 2006 Green City Action Plan, our
challenge is to coordinate smart land use and transportation planning to
conserve our natural resources and minimize greenhouse gas emissions.
The goal remains unchanged: to cultivate and maintain a vibrant and resilient
community with the best possible quality of life for future generations.