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Old 05-08-2009, 10:08 PM
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Hi there!
just wanted to ask how you liked it in South Pasadena after New England. We'll be moving this summer, with two girls , ages 14 and 10. Do you have any advice?
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Old 05-08-2009, 10:58 PM
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In case no New Englanders-turned-South Pasadenans answer, here's my take (not as a New Englander, but as someone not originally from the area). While we don't live there now (and I miss it!) South Pas is a great place for families, and I think (hope!) you'll all enjoy it. We were originally from the Midwest, lived on the East Coast (DC and Delaware, with a very brief spell in small town VA) for about four years, and then ended up in CA. South Pasadena has a different feel to it than many other locations in the LA area, and in part due to the houses and types of trees is often used in movies, commercials, etc. to represent other parts of the country, including New England. While I would never say that it feels like a New England town, there are more similarities than what you'd find elsewhere. The area around the gold line station, especially during the farmer's market (Thursday), but even just on regular days - feels sort of like a town square, or at leat functions as a public gathering place; there's a big patch of grass, lots of benches, a small museum, a range of small shops, restaurants, and coffee/ice cream places, the station itself, of course, and the library (which also has a great tree-lined lawn with plenty of benches) is just a block away.

Many of the early residents of both Pasadena and South Pasadena came from the Midwest and the Northeast, and I think that they did leave a bit of an impact. Still, South Pasadena definitely has some Californian elements that will remind you that you're not in New England anymore - wild parrots, some palm trees (although not as many as in other areas), lots of citrus and avocado trees, among other things.

I loved my time in South Pasadena, and if it weren't for a job transfer we'd be there still. It has a small-town feel, but at the same time has a great location easily accessible to both Pasadena and to downtown LA. The Gold Line runs through it, it's very walkable, the houses and streets are beautiful and always good for a stroll, it feels like an actual community, and is small enough that you can actually get to recognize people, it has a sense of history, has nice parks, good schools, and is just an overall good place to live.
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Old 05-08-2009, 11:31 PM
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Case in point re: South Pasadena = music/art festival tomorrow (Saturday, May 9).

South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
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