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Pasadena In Focus
November - December 2009

A Little Piece of Heaven

The General Plan calls for a healthy, walkable hometown with active residents and careful growth that preserves Pasadena’s charm.

If any area exemplifies these values it’s Bungalow Heaven, recently named one of the 10 Great Places in America by the American Planning Association.

Less than a half-mile square, the neighborhood features 800 bungalows built from 1905 to 1920. More than its architecture, the neighborhood showcases thoughtful planning and community involvement.

Homes were built with garages in back and porches in front, making it easy for neighbors to visit. A simple grid of narrow, tree-lined streets has slowed down traffic and invited walking and biking. At the center of it all, McDonald Park calls out for picnics and play.

When a bungalow was demolished in 1985 and replaced with a stucco-faced apartment building, neighbors rallied to create Pasadena’s first historic landmark district. An active association was formed that – to this day – plans events, builds community and preserves the neighborhood’s special qualities. A great place, indeed! For more information visit www.bungalowheaven.org.

To learn more about historic preservation in Pasadena, call (626) 744-4009 or visit www.cityofpasadena.net/historicpreservation.