Tuesday, November 17, 2009

St. John Signs

I don't usually tip off Zen Monday until the following week but today I'm making an exception. Pascal Jim guessed right in yesterday's comments when he surmised there was another sign down the street.

Politics and grammar aside, your signs in yesterday's comments were more fun.

Bellis is a cagey one. She knew where we were but she didn't let the secret out. Thanks, Bellis. Let's tell it today: we're heading south on St. John Avenue. from California Blvd.

Along here, people have just hopped off the freeway and are still on their speed high, zipping by a city park and pretty, craftsman homes. Two side streets south of the park come to an end at St. John. I wonder if they ever went through? They're lined with shady, mansion grounds, quite nice and a little incongruous. It makes me very, very glad there's no 710 freeway in Pasadena.

Bellis is more than cagey, she's prescient. We'll continue south on St. John tomorrow to a photo I didn't take of that famous fork in the road. I want you to plan a trip to see it this weekend and tomorrow I'll tell you why.

12 comments:

altadenahiker said...

Glad you reminded me.

Petrea said...

Ha.

Bellis said...

I've only recently explored those cut-off side streets between Orange Grove and St. John's (because I had to make a special effort to park and walk) and found some beautiful historic houses still quaking in fear of the 710 freeway. Then I learnt it's called the Governor Markham district because California Governor (1891-1895) Henry Markham had a house here (on Markham, I'd guess). My favorite is 346 Markham Place.

Petrea said...

Its a beautiful spot to park and walk, Bellis. I think the 710 freeway's an awful idea.

Pascal Jim said...

Singer Park (California @ St. John)
was the former residence of you know who. Just South, is the home of Pasadena Heritage @ 651, they welcome visitors and helpers..........

Paula said...

I wasn't sure what this meant 'til I looked it up. It sounds like a challenge, clean money, but a good idea.

Susan Manning said...

I love multi-layered messages...

Petrea said...

Pascal Jim, I don't know who.

Paula, agreed. An even playing field.

Like a sandwich, Susan. No. Cake.

altadenahiker said...

I meant to tell you, your new avatar is very sweet and clever. Very Petrea.

Ms M said...

It looks like a lovely area. I hope it's not in danger of becoming an extension of a freeway.
BTW, my WV is "ratized". Sounds political, doesn't it??

Katie said...

Without the other sign, one could get the wrong idea about election funding in Pasadena. Pretty neighborhood for a walk.

Petrea said...

I'm glad you like it, Karin, and thanks for the compliment. John took it. He has a good eye.

Mz. M, you radical! Yeah, people before my time here really fought that freeway. I guess the fight still rumbles.

This is just a block from what used to be millionaire's row, Katie. The mansions are still tucked in their hiding places.