Which Pasadena neighborhoods are up-and-coming?

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Hometown Pasadena asked blogger and Realtor Brigham Yen to name an up-and-coming neighborhood in the area “that not everyone knows about yet.”
He continues the discussion today on his blog, putting forth Colorado Boulevard between Lake Avenue and Pasadena City College as a segment of the city that should continue moving toward “neighborhoodification.”
I’ve always driven past this part of Pasadena lamenting the lack of pedestrian connection between PCC (a strong anchor) and the rest of Downtown Pasadena (to the west of PCC) as parking lots in front of strip malls and motels prevented this section from becoming conducive for an enjoyable walking experience. …
However, even with its drawbacks, the area contains a number of beautiful historic buildings and some new creative life …
Yen names A Room to Create, Taco Station, Zankou Chicken and Daisy Mint, pictured above, among the businesses, new and old, that are infusing energy there.
… this stretch of Colorado is really acquiring a cool and funky vibe that could become Pasadena’s answer to Silver Lake or Los Feliz.
Weigh in: What would you like to see happen along this strip of Colorado Boulevard in East Pasadena? What are some other up-and-coming neighborhoods in the city?
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This East Pasadena pet boutique is more than garden-variety

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My Pet Garden does extremely well in balancing the practical with the whimsical.

Here, you’ll find safe, reliable essentials for your pet’s diet and grooming alongside the more indulgent stuff: rewarding toys and pet fashions — argyle-print tanks! — and even Bowser dog beer.
The pet shop in East Pasadena was created by animal expert Joel Tatum, a former zookeeper and producer of the DIY Network’s Pet Care television series.

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UPDATED: Blaze rages at Plate 38 restaurant in East Pasadena

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UPDATED: Read the full report by Nathan McIntire in the Star-News.
A fire tore through a newly opened East Pasadena eatery today.
Plate 38 just opened for business four days ago at the corner of Sierra Madre Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard.
The restaurant staff was gearing up for the lunch-hour rush when the two-alarm blaze ignited, City News Service reported.
(Photo by Keith Birmingham / Staff)