Monday, July 22, 2013
Alhambra is not a city that seems too interested in preserving its past. Sorry, Alhambra, but it's true. A city that was once known as the City of Homes, it has replaced thousands of single family dwellings and duplexes with large condominium developments. Alhambra's historical society is housed in a small 1980s building. An all-American Main Street that once boasted department stores, a Woolworths, a deli, an ice cream parlor, and the like is now lined with car dealers. And the car dealers bemoan the fact that they have no freeway to bring them customers who aren't local. In the Emery Park area of Alhambra, which I just learned was was originally part of the San Gabriel Vineyard and the town of Dolgeville (who knew?!!), there are remnants of industry. There is a foundry, some furniture factories, and an aluminum factory. Or there was. This stuff is all getting sold and torn down and developed. So my painter friends and I hightailed it over there on a couple of Saturdays to mark a moment in time. I chose these quieter themes, an alley and Rod's furniture, over the huge and marvelous heavy equipment. We hear it's all going to be a mall or a business park before long.