If I hadn't been driving today with the radio tuned to (what else?) KPCC, our local NPR station, I wouldn't have heard the story of Bungalow News. It's closing tomorrow after nearly 50 years of business in Pasadena. Mentioned as reasons were rent increases, an impossible parking situation and competition from the internet.
Chuck Alessi says working at Bungalow News is the only job he's ever had. He's been there 14 years, since he was 18 years old. Chuck is about to have some adventures, I'll bet. But he seemed sad to see the place close. So were the customers buying the last few things on the racks.
Bungalow News used to have every kind of magazine you could think of, from all over the world. There's not much left, but you can still pay your respects Sunday—if you can find an affordable place to park.