View of street in Pasadena, California with church at left and city hall in background

‘Yes in God’s Backyard’ Movement Wins in Pasadena

Houses of worship in the California city will be allowed to build housing on their properties in an effort to alleviate the city’s housing shortage.

September 28, 2022 - The Real Deal

Black and white photo of Mount Lowe Railway train in 1893, Angeles National Forest

Mountain Shuttle Could Be Revived, a Century Later

Close to one hundred years after the last funicular trains took tourists up to dizzying heights in the Angeles National Forest, a new shuttle service could bring the wilderness closer to more Los Angeles residents.

September 21, 2022 - Mass Transit

A map of the North Hollywood-Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Line.

Controversial North Hollywood-Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Line Approved

A controversial project to connect the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys by bus rapid transit has final approval. Los Angeles, Glendale, Burbank, and Pasadena will have a new connecting transit line as soon as 2024.

May 2, 2022 - LAist

A picture of two street signs with the Hollywood Burbank and hills int he background.

Feasibility Study Approved for Pasadena, Burbank Airport Light Rail Extension

$1 million in new state funding will study the feasibility of connecting the Gold Line light rail in Pasadena to the Hollywood Burbank Airport in Southern California.

July 1, 2021 - Pasadena NOw

Washington D.C.

Bike and Pedestrian Advocates Cautiously Celebrate Pasadena's First Bike Lane

Protected bike lanes, like the one Pasadena is installing on Union Street, increase safety for all road users and reduce the likelihood of fatal crashes.

January 20, 2021 - Streetsblog California

Del Mar Station TOD

Pasadena Being Held to its Regional Housing Needs Assessment

The city of Pasadena, known for innovative planning approaches to parking and transit-oriented development, is in a pitched battle with regional authorities over how much housing to build in the coming decade.

January 13, 2021 - Pasadena News

Transit Planning

Details of the North Hollywood-Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Line

Still under environmental review, plans are still being made for the bus rapid transit line that would connect North Hollywood and Pasadena.

November 15, 2020 - Urbanize Los Angeles

Transit Planning

Controversial Bus Rapid Transit Connection Between L.A. and Pasadena Moves Forward

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently released a draft environmental impact report for the NoHo to Pasadena Transit Corridor.

November 4, 2020 - Los Angeles Daily News

Pasadena, California

Rose Bowl Property Ready for a Makeover

A famous local architect has been tapped to rethink the Rose Bowl's expansive property in Pasadena.

November 18, 2019 - Urbanize LA

Transit Oriented Development

Tenant Protections Expanded in Pasadena

One of the most famous suburbs in the country has expended tenant protections in the midst of the housing affordability crisis challenging much of the state.

November 15, 2019 - Pasadena Independent

Coal Power

Shuttering a Large Coal Plant: A Tale of Two States

Environmentalists in California are upset that Los Angeles will build a new 840-megawatt natural gas plant to replace a 1,800-megawatt coal plant. The coal plant has been crucial to the economic development of Millard County, Utah.

July 23, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

Bus Rapid Transit

Public Outcry Greets Plan to Connect L.A. to Pasadena via Bus Rapid Transit

Voters might have approved transit funding multiple measures by wide margins in Los Angeles County in recent years, but actual project proposals still have trouble appealing at the hyper-local level.

June 24, 2019 - Los Angeles Daily News

Interstate Highway

After a Failed Freeway Plan, Alternatives Prove Controversial

With plans to extend California's 710 Freeway off the table, cities in the path have been awarded funds for alternative road projects. But residents of San Marino aren't all on board.

May 30, 2019 - Pasadena Star News

Interstate Highway

Where a Freeway Plan Failed, a Development Opportunity Rises

Now that the plans to extend the 710 Freeway in Southern California between Alhambra and Pasadena are finally dead, the question remains about what to do with the state-owned land at either end of the planned route.

March 19, 2019 - San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Pasadena Light Rail

Freeway's Demise Will Fund Light Rail Grade Crossing Improvements in Pasadena

The final nails have been put in the coffin of the I-710 extension, and now communities like Pasadena are getting ideas about how to spend Measure R funding once reserved for the unwanted freeway.

November 30, 2018 - Pasadena Star-News

Bus Rapid Transit

Another Bus Rapid Transit Planned for L.A.—Connecting North Hollywood to Pasadena

More details have emerged for yet another large transit project in Los Angeles County.

October 2, 2018 - Urbanize LA

Metro Bikes

Can Bikeshare Work Without Bike Lanes?

One journalist argues that missing ingredient for a flourishing bike culture isn't rental bikes; it's safe places to ride.

September 30, 2018 - Pasadena Star News

Del Mar Station TOD

Rent Control Falls Short of the Ballot in Multiple California Cities

Support for rent control is building at the state level in California. Support hasn't been as easy tt rally at the local level, however.

June 25, 2018 - Curbed LA

Rose Bowl

What's a Climate Action Plan if it Has No Teeth?

The city of Pasadena has released its draft Climate Action Plan, but how will the city achieve an 83 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions if the plan sets no mandates?

January 10, 2018 - Pasadena Star-News

Interstate Highway

With a 710 Freeway Extension Unlikely, Cities Propose Alternatives

After withdrawing support for a controversial extension of the 710 Freeway, Los Angeles Metro is asking cities for local road improvements to improve traffic flow in its stead.

November 30, 2017 - Pasadena Star-News

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