• An old postcard from pasadena with drawn images on itPasadena is known for many things. Here’s an updated list of the 26 cool things we like about the city.

      Disclaimer: It may be possible that some of these things only a Pasadenan will get.

      1- It’s a walkable city1- It’s a walkable city.

       

      2- While a USC or UCLA sticker on the back of a car is a common occurrence, we will rarely find a Caltech sticker because most students, faculty and staff ride a bicycle or walk2- While a USC or UCLA sticker on the back of a car is a common occurrence, we will rarely find a Caltech sticker because most students, faculty and staff ride a bicycle or walk.

       

      3- We may be the only mid-size city to have an entity within an entity (think One Colorado inside Old Pasadena)3- We may be the only mid-size city to have an entity within an entity (think One Colorado inside Old Pasadena).

       

      4- Our office is inside our home4- Our office is inside our home.

       

      5- Our pets are our furry children and if we happen to work at an actual office, we leave work twice a day to check on them5- Our pets are our furry children and if we happen to work at an actual office, we leave work twice a day to check on them.

       

      6- Our romantic endeavors and relationships are measured by parking ‘There’s an extra guest spot in her building’ or “he lives on an exempt overnight parking street”6- Our romantic endeavors and relationships are measured by parking: “There’s an extra guest spot in her building or “he lives on an exempt overnight parking street”.

       

      7- We measure distance by time not by mile. “It’s a 7 min walk to Laemmle” or “A 4 min drive to Altadena”7- We measure distance by time not by mile. “It’s a 7 min. walk to Old Pasadena” or “a 4 min. drive to Altadena”.

       

      8- The Gold line is our main transportation to the outside world8- The Gold line is our main transportation to the outside world.*

      *Before the pandemic.

      9- If and when we drive to Downtown L.A., we feel guilty and we tend to hide it out of shame9- If and when we drive to Downtown L.A., we feel guilty and we tend to hide it out of shame.

       

      10- We consider food trucks a main attraction. “Come to our book drive. There will be 5 ‘gourmet’ Food trucks on site”10- We consider food trucks a main attraction. “Come to our book drive. There will be 5 ‘gourmet’ Food Trucks on site”.

       

      11- Peets Coffee is for intellects, Coffee Bean is for out-of-towners and Starbucks is for screenwriters who are in between jobs. All three will always have students from PCC, Caltech and Design Center as long as they are open11- Peets Coffee is for intellects, Coffee Bean is for out-of-towners, Starbucks is for screenwriters who are in between jobs. Jone’s Coffee and Jameson Brown Coffee are for hipsters (and hippies), Philz Coffee is for Gen Z, Intelligentsia is for newcomers, Copa Vida is for activists, Rosebud Coffee for dates and casual meets, and Ambrose Cafe is the new place to discover.

      All places will always have students from PCC, Caltech and ArtCenter as long as they are open.

      12- It’s an enjoyable bubble. We rarely venture outside Pasadena and nearby cities unless we have to. We have our own shops, bars, restaurants, theatremovie theaters, hikingnature, galleries and art events12- It’s an enjoyable bubble.

      We rarely venture outside Pasadena and nearby cities unless we have to. We have our own shops, bars, restaurants, theatre/movie theaters, hiking/nature, galleries and art events.

      13- Our City Hall is friggin’ awesome13- Our City Hall is friggin’ awesome.

       

      14- Old Pasadena, One Colorado, Playhouse District and South Lake District, need to say more14- Old Pasadena, One Colorado, Playhouse District and South Lake District, need to say more?

       

      15- We read! Unlike L.A., Pasadenians read and discuss their books at book clubs15- We read! Unlike L.A., Pasadenans read and discuss their books at book clubs.

       

      16- We support local businesses (think Vromen’s vs. Borders and Barnes and Noble which are both closed)16- We support local businesses (think Vroman’s, Century Books, Battery Books, etc. vs. Borders and Barnes and Noble which are both closed).

       

      17- We have an obsession with what the city should be 30 years from now. We would sell our little furry children on the black market rather than move to Orange County. Pasadena will NEVER be Irvine17- We have an obsession with what the city should be 30 years from now. We would sell our little furry children on the black market rather than move to Orange County. Pasadena will NEVER be Irvine.

       

      18- While everyone is scrambling for a Westside Rentals password, we tend to WALK around the neighborhood to find a great “deal” on an apartment18- While everyone is scrambling for an online rental listing, we tend to WALK around the neighborhood to find a great “deal” on an apartment.

       

      19- Pasadena has a reputation for being expensive but we do little to change that reputation. Almost every renter ‘got lucky’. “It’s a quaint 7 unit building and a GREAT deal! We got lucky”19- Pasadena has a reputation for being expensive but we do little to change that reputation. Almost every renter ‘got lucky’. “It’s a quaint 7 unit building and a GREAT deal! We got lucky”.

       

      20- We constantly complain on how expensive it is to own property while we can more than afford it20- We constantly complain on how expensive it is to own property while many can more than afford it.

       

      21- While many will travel long distances to sleep on Colorado Boulevard -in the ‘cold’- to get a glimpse of the Rose Parade in the morning, we will wake up late and watch a rerun on T.V21- While many will travel long distances to sleep on Colorado Boulevard -in the ‘cold’- to get a glimpse of the Rose Parade in the morning, we will wake up late and watch a rerun on T.V.

       

      22- It feels like a college town while it is really not22- It feels like a college town while it is really not.

       

      23- It is NOT a suburb!23- It is NOT a suburb!

       

      24- Being a Pasadenian is like a religion-We move here & convert--While most Angelenos would never be caught dead calling themselves Angelenos, we are proud to be Pasadenians and flaunt it24- Being a Pasadenan is like a religion:

      • We move here and convert.
      • While most Angelenos would never be caught dead calling themselves Angelenos, we are proud to be Pasadenans and we flaunt it.

      25- It is 1 a.m. and we need to get out of the appartment, what is there to do We take a stroll down Old Pasadena. (We are bound to meet one or two friendly people on the way walking their dogs this late)25- It’s 1:00 a.m. and we need to get out of the apartment, what is there to do? We take a stroll down Old Pasadena. (We are bound to meet one or two friendly people on the way walking their dogs this late).

       

      26- We are in the middle of everything cool in So Cal, we would not trade it for anything else26- We are in the middle of everything cool in SoCal, we wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

       

      [This article has been updated on August 20, 2022.]


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      Comments

      1. Jealous Non-Pasadenan says:

        I am jealous.

        Any reason The Big Bang Theory Universe is set in Pasadena? Everything about Sheldon Cooper makes sense by the points you mentioned.

      2. Diane Ropp says:

        Don’t forget our venerable Rose Bowl, home of the UCLA Bruins, and recently voted the best college stadium in the country!

        • Patricia Yount says:

          Almost all of this is so true about me and I’m determined to go back home as soon as possible. Most “outsiders” just don’t get it!

      3. Isaac Gonzalez says:

        JPL! Pasadena is the solar system exploration headquarters.

      4. Peter says:

        It’s odd how you say we support local businesses, but when you speak of coffee places you mention nothing but corporate places with mediocre coffee and no local flavor, ignoring local businesses like Zona Rosa, Cafe Zephyr and Jones Coffee Roasters.

      5. Dana MacDuff says:

        Actually, as a 2nd generation “ind”, it’s not Pasadenan. Nor is it called the vulgar “Dena”. Pasadena is a state of mind. Pasadena is home.

      6. Ann Erdman says:

        Great list! The only one I would take issue with is 22. Pasadena is a college town! Caltech, Pasadena City College, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Art Center College of Design, Fuller Theological Seminary and more. What other city of similar population size can claim so many world-class institutions of higher learning?

      7. Carlos Chávez says:

        Nice site.

      8. Desiree says:

        I grew up in San Marino and have since moved to the East Coast. When asked where I grew up I always tell them Pasadena. Seems the whole world knows of Pasadena. I always look forward to my visits there.

      9. Leah Venice Europa says:

        Truth be told. 🙂

      10. Tatiana says:

        Agreed! However, it’s a shame that we can’t brag about our school district. How can a city that makes millions from so many world class events not give back to it’s kids, shameful. That’s the only reason I had to move away from Pasadena, one of the saddest days of my life. Unfortunately I cannot afford to send my kids to the City’s many private schools. Seriously, who can afford $16K/year for private elementary or $20K/year for private high school.

        • Kitty says:

          I am an active parent in Pasadena schools, and I think it’s too bad that people consistently run the schools down, often without having had any experience with them. My kids are going into 5th and 3rd grades and have had a wonderful experience at their public school right here in Pasadena. It wasn’t one of the schools people said you “had” to get into or else you “had” to go to private school, it was just our neighborhood school, and from the teachers to the principal to my fellow parents there, it’s been an unbeatable experience. I’m very impressed with the middle school options we’ll be looking at for year after this one. If you’ve heard the schools are not good, even from someone who had a bad experience in one, I recommend going to visit your neighborhood school. PUSD now offers a preK-12 international baccalaureate program, immersion programs in Spanish and Mandarin, and several schools with STEM focuses, in which Caltech and JPL are heavily involved. That said, can we do more? Yes! It takes parents who care to bring positive change to our district. The more people who decide to do that rather than move away when their kids get to school age, the better our schools will get.

      11. Terrence Rorie says:

        These are just some of the reasons why I simply love living in Pasadena! 🙂

      12. Christine Spines says:

        Nice job capturing Pasadena’s charms. However, it’s worth noting that you’ll find Art Center students grabbing their java at Peet’s, not Design Center.

      13. Mary Love says:

        I love Pasadena

      14. Tera Little says:

        I love Pasadena!

      15. Jennipha-Lauren Nielsen says:

        So so true !

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