Column: Ontario dreamed of high-rises, settled for warehouses

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You know that sprawling field north of the 10 Freeway in Ontario? Since the Reagan years it was set aside for a new, urban downtown with high-rise offices, restaurants, apartments and more. Now it’s being developed with warehouses. (This is why we can’t have nice things.) Wednesday’s column delves into the dream that was.

Above, the view from Fourth Street, looking east.

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  • Ramona

    I guess it’s a trade-off. Ugly buildings but more jobs.
    More jobs but more traffic including large semis.

    • Richard_Pietrasz

      There are some jobs in these warehouses, but not that many, especially compared to a factory or high rise office building. The worst of the traffic effects is the smog.

      • Theodore Melendez

        I got a nice 3 day job in one of those warehouses, it was temporary but I can say I did it. On another note the bridge that they are building, that goes along Mission Street near this photo was kinda interesting to watch develop.

        • davidallen909

          Mission Street? I don’t know where that is. Are we talking about the same development?

          • Theodore Melendez

            You are correct David, I guess all the warehouses use the architect designs in this area of Mira Loma / South Ontario/ Rancho Cucamonga

  • Richard_Pietrasz

    Meanwhile, Rancho Cucamonga gets a warehouse and high rise in the same package:

    http://www.dailybulletin.com/business/20160828/doritos-maker-expanding-plant-with-towering-high-tech-storage-in-rancho-cucamonga

    It’s at a chip manufacturer, so high tech manufacturing remains in RC!

    • davidallen909

      See? Ontario should have thought outside the, or is that inside the, or…well, never mind.