The Pasadena Playhouse Association has some big ideas and, if they work out, Colorado Blvd from Hudson to Los Robles will look a lot different in a couple of years. The want to reduce five blocks of the big blvd by one lane in each direction. Then, after widening the sidewalks, they want to add parklets. Parklets are little parks about the size of a parking space. They would have tables and sitting areas. Basically, they're a place to relax.
These have proven popular in other cities like New York, San Francisco, Oakland and Philadelphia. Locally, you'll find them in Highland Park, in Downtown LA on Spring Street and in Long Beach. If they come to Pasadena they would be privately funded, but such changes would have to be approved by the Pasadena City Council. The study on this has been going on for awhile City Transportation Director Fred Dock says more study is needed he supports it.
Officials with the Pasadena Playhouse Association say it would bring in more business and raise property values. Some people I spoke with are concerned about the impact on traffic, but Dock says it's manageable.
And, if you wondered how this might impact on the Rose Parade... it won't. These "parklets" are removable.