Pasadena's north side borders on Altadena, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. (Altadena's north side borders on the San Gabriel mountains.) Altadena has its own town council, but has resisted being governed by Pasadena or anybody else.
Altadena's character can't be defined in a word. It's artsy, diverse, old-timey, forward-thinking, stuck in its ways and anti-establishment. It is its own self, one might say, defiantly.
In an alley behind Mariposa Street, I came upon this door. Told you our alleys are pretty.