Which Pasadena neighborhoods are up-and-coming?

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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From the fashion front lines: generoCity launch party stitches together clothing, culture and community



A new Los Angeles-based recycled clothing company, generoCity is one part fashion-centric collaboration, one part community service organizer. The group has ties to Mosaic, Pasadena’s Union Station Foundation and other local nonprofits.

The upstart aims to be a platform for new designers, to create innovative fashion and to help those in need by putting the force of the fashion world in L.A. behind community outreach projects.

Founder Adrian Koehler tells Rose Magazine: “Los Angeles doesn’t need another fashion company. It does need more and more citizens who are willing to give their time, money and talents to see her heal.”

(Photos, from the generoCity launch party in Los Feliz this summer, by Keith Birmingham)