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  • PasadenaPro 2014
    Richard
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    5 Jan 12, 2014

    City of Pasadena is big, with over 130,000 population. My review will be based on zipcode 91106 only. Which is the area that covers two college campus (PCC and Cal Tech)

    Thumbs UP:
    + Parking is nightmare for the resident who live the two campus, students would likely park in their street spot. They need to enforce two hours parking more area; otherwise, student would keep taking advantage of that residential area.
    + This is the area when most of the car shop located in the foothill and some of best value eating-place like IN & Out, Tops, Dog Haus etc.
    + Good amount of transportation in the area with Gold line and bus also some bike lane near the campus.
    + Lake Avenue famous for its shopping and restaurant.
    + Most of the street is friendly for pedestrian especially the one near the campus, great for those who like walk with their dog.

    Thumbs Down:
    - Crime rate is a bit high, nothing serious mostly burglary and Theft, still lower than old town, when most drunk related incident occur.
    - Housing cost a bit high considers the crime rate and poor public school.
    - Traffic is still as bad as most Pasadena location, especially near the campus and freeway.

    My Two Cents
    This area is great for college student who goes to those one those campus, many transportation option and not too pricey also great for single and couple who make decent income. However, for someone who has a family or about to have the one, you might wanna look elsewhere like the Hastings Ranch area or Alhambra.

    Recommended for:Local Culture
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    Psyko
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    4 Aug 25, 2013

    ehhh its nice i guess. didn't have fun as much as people say it is. its like where the 40yr singles hang out.

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    Yulree Chun "@GogobotLA"
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    5 May 26, 2013

    I've grown fond of you, Pasadena. I thought you were boring and culture-less, but oh, was I wrong. You are packed with interesting nooks and crannies, full of yummy treats for all my senses. Thanks for being so bikeable and walkable!

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    Paul Wong
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    5 May 26, 2013

    It is an exciting town to visit. Life happens here. The arts, music, theaters, food, entertainment, shopping and almost everything else you need to make life exciting is available here.

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    Chris Harris
    5 May 16, 2013

    Pasadena is a beautiful city of California, In which various tourist attraction are situated. Lincoln Motel Pasadena(http://www.lincolnmotelpasadena.com/) provide the best accommodation facility in Pasadena City.

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    Samuel Lee
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    5 May 12, 2013

    I think this city is one of the best mixes of old and new. I also love how the Metro cuts across the city for convenient access to DTLA and other parts of L.A. Great food, great shopping and many cute nooks all throughout!

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    Erin K
    4 May 12, 2013

    I used to work in Pasadena, and even though I no longer have to drive there I still make the trip every other month or so. Pasadena has a wonderful selection of museums, restaurants, small businesses and gardens that gives this quaint town such a homey yet cultured feel. The one drawback: on the weekends, parking is a BEAST. If you're going to be shopping/eating along Colorado Blvd., try to find a spot early in the parking garages on Green St. or De Lacey Ave. where the first 90 minutes are free.

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    Laura S
    4 Jul 07, 2012

    I work in this area and I love Old Town Pasadena and South Pasadena.

    Anything above the 210... be careful. The places near the Rose Bowl isn't bad tho.

    Main Points of Pasadena
    Rose Bowl: Be careful at night. Can be shady.
    Old Town Pasadena: Food and shopping central
    Paseo Mall: Excellent
    The Langham: Great for TEA!

    Events:
    Rose Parade
    Old Town events

    Overall... I love it (below the 210)

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    Pebsmom
    3 Jul 05, 2012

    I have never lived in Pasadena, just drove thru it on my way to Santa Anita Park and to the Rose Bowl for a USC game. In older Pasadena the houses are huge, stately, gorgeous and beautifully maintained.

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    Jaak Treiman
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Many people only think of Pasadena on New Year's Day when the Tournament of Roses Parade makes its way through Pasadena and the Rose Bowl football game following the parade. Or, fans of the Beach Boys may associate Pasadena with "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena." In fact, Pasadena and its environs offer much more, ranging from world-class museums, architectural delights, a space exploration hub and world-class educational institutions to fine restaurants and a vibrant retail area in its "Old Town."

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    HeidiandMichelle ExquisiteTravel
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Excellent shopping, amazing culture, great restaurants, and blend of many cultures :) A California Classic :)

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    Kelley Moreno
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Pasadena is one of my favorite places! I grew up in the area and am always finding myself back here one way or another. Awesome restaurants, great bars, and the old town area has a ton of variety of things to do. This is also where the Rose Parade takes place- if you ever get a chance you should "camp-out" on the parade route and watch the floats! (or you can go to Victory Park after the parade and pay a small charge to view the floats up close).

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    Gerry Mack
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    5 Dec 07, 2013

    Good place to live!

    Recommended for:Business Travelers
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    Laura Denenholz
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Born and raised here, Pasadena is a GREAT city with tons to do for any type of person.

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    4 Jul 01, 2012
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    4 Jan 29, 2012
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    Becky Mahan
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    4 Jan 08, 2012
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    5 Nov 25, 2011
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Make like the protagonist from the song “Little Old Lady from Pasadena” and go, granny go to this Californian city on the border of L.A. Pasadena is principally known for hosting the Rose Bowl, an off-season college football game traditionally played on New Year’s day. The Rose theme continues with the Tournament of Roses, a yearly parade of flower bedecked floats also held on New Year’s. Caltech ... read more
is also situated here, with its richness of Nobel laureate intellectuals, while the botanical gardens at the Huntington Library are not to be missed. Interestingly, there is a large parrot population, made up of birds who have returned to the wild after supposedly being set free in a mid 20th century fire. Caltech is also situated here, with its richness of Nobel laureate intellectuals, while the botanical gardens at the Huntington Library are not to be missed, while an abundance of hacienda-style architecture adds to the charm, while proximity to L.A. and lots of other nearby attractions makes it a convenient destination.

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