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Old 02-10-2011, 06:44 PM
Status: "get me out of the central coast!" (set 12 days ago)
 
Location: Pismo Beach, CA
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So I am going to be attending Cal Poly Pomona in the Fall. Looking at this city, I see the only nice areas are near Cal Poly Pomona and the Fairplex. Otherwise, it seems to cator the Latino working class with Wal-Mart, Home Depot, discount grocery stores, and Mexican markets. And to top the icing there is no movie theater? What happened to the movie theater?
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:48 PM
 
Location: LA
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phillips ranch and the area around the university are the nicer areas ove pomona, everything else is as you mentioned. not sure about the movie theaters, but there are plenty of malls nearby that will have movie theaters. west covina comes to mind as well as san dimas and chino hills. also, unless you plan on living on campus or want to be able to walk to class, there's no real reason to live in pomona. there are plenty of other nearby neighborhoods that will have more amenities for a college student than pomona.
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:45 PM
Status: "get me out of the central coast!" (set 12 days ago)
 
Location: Pismo Beach, CA
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phillips ranch and the area around the university are the nicer areas ove pomona, everything else is as you mentioned. not sure about the movie theaters, but there are plenty of malls nearby that will have movie theaters. west covina comes to mind as well as san dimas and chino hills. also, unless you plan on living on campus or want to be able to walk to class, there's no real reason to live in pomona. there are plenty of other nearby neighborhoods that will have more amenities for a college student than pomona.
I am looking into the university suites or university village apartments my first semester.
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Old 02-11-2011, 02:27 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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So I am going to be attending Cal Poly Pomona in the Fall. Looking at this city, I see the only nice areas are near Cal Poly Pomona and the Fairplex. Otherwise, it seems to cator the Latino working class with Wal-Mart, Home Depot, discount grocery stores, and Mexican markets. And to top the icing there is no movie theater? What happened to the movie theater?
I don't think Pomona ever had a movie theater (in the modern sense, i.e. multi-screen 'super' theaters). When I was growing up there in the 70s and 80s, my friends and I always went to the Montclair Plaza a couple of miles to the east. But that theater has since been demolished. The site where that theater was is now occupied by the Elephant Bar and some other restaurants. Then there was another one on Holt Boulevard just east of the Pomona/Montclair city boundary but that was replaced by condominiums. There is also the Mission Tiki drive-in at Mission and Ramona in Montclair (always loved those freight trains rolling by at key moments of a movie). I think there was a drive-in somewhere off of White Avenue but that is possibly just me reaching for a memory that isn't there...

Anyway, I think that if you want to go to a modern large theater your choices are in La Verne, Chino Hills (near The Shoppes), Ontario (Ontario Mills), Rancho Cucamonga (Victoria Gardens), and West Covina (near Westfield). Of that set, you will notice that with the exception of La Verne, they are all in or near a large shopping mall. Pomona does not have a large shopping mall (shopping centers, yes; mall, no). There are some small theaters in the area, too, like Laemmle in Claremont and Mountain Green in Upland. It appears to me that modern theaters and shopping malls are located in close proximity to each other because they provide a business synergy. The lack of a shopping mall in Pomona precludes the presence of a movie theater.

Quick story:

Once upon a time there was a shopping mall in Pomona located on Holt Boulevard near the intersection with Indian Hill Boulevard which was, aptly, called the Indian Hill Mall. It did well for a while after a renovation 'enclosed' it in the early-80s (before then, it was an outdoor mall until a fire damaged it). But then Sears (which was the anchor store at that mall) relocated to the Montclair Plaza in the mid-80s after a second floor was added to that mall and Zody's (the other anchor) went out of business. I think Newberrys was the last major hold out and now that I think of it there was also a Longs Drugs (but I don't recall when that store left). After all that, it was all downhill. Nowadays, it is used by the Pomona Unified School District as administrative offices. A swap meet occupies the space where Sears was located.

I'll stop there. I wish I had a camera then to take pictures of Pomona in the 70s and 80s because when I tell people that Pomona really was a vibrant, active place they look at me like I am lying or crazy. There's plenty of photos on-line of Pomona from the early 1900s to the 60s but hardly any that I can find of what I call Pomona's "middle period".

[Pomona is an interesting study in surburban evolution; also, I agree with BRinSM - there's no real reason to live in P-Town]
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:55 AM
 
Location: So Ca
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Try: Pomona: Good or bad? or
Cal Poly Pomona and Pomona... or
What do you think of CSU Pomona? and the surrounding area?
Pomona, Ca...

BTW, didn't you start a couple of the above threads yourself?
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:12 PM
Status: "get me out of the central coast!" (set 12 days ago)
 
Location: Pismo Beach, CA
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Oh great I am going to be in dull city. They now have the Pomona Ranch Plaza btw.

Lol would be too much to ask for a Trader Joes ha ha?
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Old 02-11-2011, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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Lol would be too much to ask for a Trader Joes ha ha?
Yes, it would be. The demographics won't support one, hence why they have one in Chino Hills instead (IIRC, opened in 2008). The odds of opening just 3 exits north on the 71 ... yeah, don't count on it.

As you have figured out, the majority of Pomona is not "middle class". Considering how it was, however, it's still a big improvement. Much like La Puente, during the late 80's housing boom, folks sold their old houses to "move away from the mess" into the new houses in the Inland Empire in cities like Fontana and Riverside. And their neighbors thought the same too, so while it was detrimental to the newer communities, the folks who moved in were working class instead of welfare class. It's not by desire that there's 4 families living together in a 2 bedroom single family house, but it is home to them and they make the best of it.

Besides the aforementioned areas, the other more "middle class" area is the historic Lincoln Park area. Compare the numbers ...
http://www.city-data.com/neighborhoo...Pomona-CA.html

... to what most people think of Pomona.
http://www.city-data.com/neighborhoo...Pomona-CA.html

Some of the other areas of Pomona with a lot of diversity ...
http://www.city-data.com/neighborhoo...Pomona-CA.html
http://www.city-data.com/neighborhoo...Pomona-CA.html

FWIW, I live in Phillips Ranch. It's more of a bedroom community, and much like Walnut and Diamond Bar, is more for family life rather than a night life.
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Old 02-11-2011, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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As for the Indian Hill Mall ...
Dead Malls dot Com: Feature: Indian Hill Mall: Pomona, California
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Old 02-11-2011, 03:06 PM
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Location: Friendly Hills of Whittier & DTLA
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Oh great I am going to be in dull city. They now have the Pomona Ranch Plaza btw.

Lol would be too much to ask for a Trader Joes ha ha?
There is a Trader Joe's in Claremont, on Foothill Blvd & Indian Hill, although quite a ways, its still alot closer & borders Pomona (I had asked awhile back about Claremont being to close to Pomona if that portion was icky & got my answers) but that Trader Joes is SWEET! & theres also a few nice restaurants (Buca Di Beppo), a Dinner Theatre & shops around there too...
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:30 AM
Status: "get me out of the central coast!" (set 12 days ago)
 
Location: Pismo Beach, CA
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There is a Trader Joe's in Claremont, on Foothill Blvd & Indian Hill, although quite a ways, its still alot closer & borders Pomona (I had asked awhile back about Claremont being to close to Pomona if that portion was icky & got my answers) but that Trader Joes is SWEET! & theres also a few nice restaurants (Buca Di Beppo), a Dinner Theatre & shops around there too...
So pretty much Pomona has the Downtown, Fairplex, and the Pomona Ranch Plaza for places to go? Otherwise I would have to go to some other area? I plan to be spending alot of time with my aunt and her family in OC, so that will be half of my weekends. Other half on campus.
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