When the Plaza Pasadena shopping plaza became the Paseo Colorado, a wrecking ball smashed through the glass arches stretching over the then-enclosed Garfield Promenade.
Pasadena Heritage’s Executive Director Sue Mossman recalled how excitement erupted through the crowd as crews demolished the eyesore that blocked views of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
“Everybody cheered like I’ve never heard them, except at a winning touchdown at a Rose Bowl game,” Mossman said.
Paseo Colorado turned the Garfield Promenade into an open-air path reconnecting Garfield Avenue for pedestrians going between Colorado Boulevard and Green Street.
But the promenade never became more than a pass-through for people making their way elsewhere.
Now, the new owners of the rebranded “The Paseo” plaza want to reinvigorate the long under-used pedestrian area by adding new shops, creating a stronger focal point around a preserved fountain and making the area look less bland overall.
New restaurants, such as Great Maple and Dos Coyotes Border Cafe, will have outdoor dining areas with views of Pasadena City Hall, the Civic Auditorium and the San Gabriel Mountains. Clothing retailer H&M will take over 30,000 square feet in the heart of the promenade.
Great Maple is expected to open in the next month, with the rest opening by the end of the year, according to Lance Taylor, director of asset management with Arrow Retail, The Paseo’s owners.
“We’re trying to activate it and make it a place where the people of Pasadena would want to come visit rather being a big concrete block that is not very inviting,” Taylor said. “We’re hoping people…
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