Bleak present

When I shot the photo recently of all the campaign (and other) signs at Fourth and Via Asti, west of Ontario Mills, I was struck by the dead office building there and the state of the landscaping. Part of the Piemonte master planned development, the building, circa 2006, is kind of snazzy but appears entirely vacant, the parking lot is cracked and weeds are about the only thing growing from the dirt.

A few yards to the southeast lies the Best Buy that closed earlier this year; east of that is the still-operating Target, El Pollo Loco and other businesses hanging in there despite the housing crash that prevented hundreds of dwellings from being built to the south. The business center above is our own little ghost town. Call it Ontario’s answer to Bodie.

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  • SAWZ

    The State needs to find an alternative to the abolishment of Redevelopment–or we will continue to see scenes like this.

    • davidallen909

      That’s a double-edged sword. I think redevelopment is what spurred this project to be built.

      • Because of the loss of property tax money due to Prop 13 they used redevelopment to help fund public services. But we cant build shopping center after shopping center to save ourselves, it has to be quality over quantity.

  • Gavin

    David, you rely on the photo to help tell your story by showing a scene of a dilapidated development, but the photo is not helping. The color is blue-shifted and not bringing out the bleakness of neglect. Your camera’s White Balance is left on “Incandescent” for indoor use. Set it to “Auto” or “Daylight” when you use it outside.

    Speaking of development, have a look at the site at Sixth and Archibald (a little further west of the center above). The builder bulldozed acres of strawberry fields and put condos on it, and is now naming it “HARVEST.” The irony!

    • davidallen909

      I know what you mean about the photo. I try to remember to always switch it back to Daylight after an indoor shoot but must have forgotten.

  • DebB

    This building looks very much like a new-ish little center on San Dimas Ave. just south of Bonita. I haven’t gone by there in a few weeks, but the last time I did, it was mostly untenanted. I agree with Matt – we can’t just keep building new shopping centers. Consumers have only just so much money to support them, and when stores and restaurants close, the area just looks depressed.

    • davidallen909

      This week I had occasion to visit the hotel center at Foothill and Rochester in RC. It’s well maintained but almost completely devoid of tenants.