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A joy ride to Azusa on the Gold Line

A day trip to Azusa is probably not your idea of fun. But the recent extension of the Gold Line inspired singer-songwriter Maura Murphy-Barrosse of Garvanza and her friend and fellow "train dork" Lynz Floren to take a train trip across the San Gabriel Valley to Azusa. Maura Murphy-Barrosse, accompanied by her 3.5-month-old son Declan, and Floren made a five-minute video of their journey set to songs they had worked on together. Read More »

The Suffragist House Grand Opening!

The year was 1887 when two fierce women, Anna Howard Shaw and Cora Pond Pope who became leaders in the National Suffragist Movement,made their way from the chill of Boston to the golden hills of southern California,making this robust Colonial Revival their home. Read More »

A new signal of safety on York Boulevard

HIGHLAND PARK — A new traffic signal at York Boulevard and Avenue 63 was welcomed this morning by a group of residents and city officials. The signal, one block of east of Figueroa near the new Starbucks and Highland Park senior center, was installed following several collisions, according to Councilman Jose Huizar, who spoke at this morning’s dedication. Neighborhood groups, ... Read More »

Sporting goods chain prepares to open Highland Park store

HIGHLAND PARK — Big 5 Sporting Goods is  preparing to open an outlet in a York Boulevard strip mall on the border of Highland Park and Garvanza. The space had been vacant since early 2013 after Figueroa Produce, an independent grocery store, closed after the owners were not able to negotiate a lower rent on the approximately 6,000-square-foot  space. A ... Read More »

Garvanza welcomes the revival of a neighborhood landmark

Saturday’s open house at the Dr. Smith Residence attracted a long line of people curious to see the interior of the Victorian-era home after an extensive renovation and clean up. Until renovation work began last year,  the 1886  home had been a forgotten relic hidden by a jungle of overgrown plants and trees in the corner of a Rite-Aid parking ... Read More »

Garvanza prepares to celebrate a Victorian-era revival

An 1886 home  that was once sat neglected behind a jungle of overgrown bushes and trees is now preparing for its public debut after more than a year of renovation. Once a forgotten relic located in the corner of a Rite-Aid parking lot, the Dr. Smith residence – formerly known as the “Jungle House” when it was hidden by greenery ... Read More »

Coalition of L.A. and Pasadena residents wants a safer and slower Avenue 64

The wide roadway of Avenue 64 is a well-used commuter route through Garvanza, Highland Park and Pasadena for drivers either getting onto or coming off the 110 Freeway. The downward slope from La Loma Road in Pasadena to York Boulevard in Los Angeles naturally speeds up cars heading southbound. But, now, some residents in both cities want to slow down ... Read More »

Neighbors rally to defend Garvanza olive grove

Only nine gnarled trees remain of an old Garvanza olive grove that some residents say was planted more than a century ago.   Under pressure from nearby residents,  a developer several years ago agreed to leave the trees alone as part of  an effort to build 16 homes on the site, located to the east of Avenue 64 on Elder Street.  ... Read More »

Found: White poodle mix in Garvanza

Submitted by Cynthia G We found this lovely young white poodle mix and she is now at the Pasadena Humane Society under A330696. I do believe she has an owner that might be missing her. I hope you’re reading this right now! Want to publish a Lost & Found notice ? Please click here to fill out a form with ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner Report: Silver Lake burger stand now renting for $11k a month; Little Beast opens in Eagle Rock; Garvanza loses a restaurant

Can you spare $11,000 a month? Then you got a shot at leasing the  Tom’s Burgers, the 1970s-era Silver Lake charbroiled burger/pastrami/burrito restaurant that closed this weekend after 40 years in business, reports Eater L.A.   A hand-written sign on the front door says a new tenant is coming soon but a CityFeet listing indicates the  1,600-square-foot building and parking lot ... Read More »

Eagle Rock’s “Good Will Hunting” house and Garvanza home declared historic monuments

The City Council on Tuesday approved declaring the  Eagle Rock home where Ben Affleck and Matt Damon worked on the award-winning movie  “Good Will Hunting” a  historic-cultural monument.  Also granted landmark status was the Donnelly House, a Folk-Victorian home that was moved  to Garvanza from Chinatown to save it from demolition. It was the architectural style and history – not ... Read More »

Garvanza house once threatened with demolition now up for landmark status

By Brenda Rees A well-restored Folk-Victorian home that was moved  to Garvanza from Chinatown to save it from demolition is being considered for historic status. The two-story Donnelly House, relocated into the area in 2011, was recently recommended for recognition as a city monument by the Los Angeles Department of City Planning to the Cultural Heritage Commission. Today, the house on ... Read More »

Pieces of the past returned to a Garvanza middle school

When Luther Burbank Middle School opened in the late 1920s,  the campus on the border of Garvanza and Highland Park was  hailed as “a marvel of modern architecture,” featuring a then-in-vogue pre-Columbian motif that evoked a Mayan temple. After more than 80 years, however, it’s hard to find elements of  that pre-Columbian style at the school, where only one building ... Read More »