It’s been more than a decade since Patricia Neale Vuagniaux opened up Swork at the corner of Eagle Rock and Colorado Boulevards. The neighborhood coffee house was part of a new generation of independent cafes and stores to reinvigorate Eagle Rock’s main shopping strip. But some recent developments have Vuagniaux worried about the outlook for Eagle Rock merchants. She expressed those concerns in a first-person opinion piece in Eagle Rock Patch. The most recent sign of trouble was the arrival of food trucks, including one that recently parked itself in front of Swork, which saw a drop in business and increase in litter as a result. The trucks and a proliferation of nail salons, pot shops and massage parlors has left Vuagniaux wondering if her dream of transforming Eagle Rock’s section of Colorado Boulevard into a “Pasadena-ish haven” is fading quickly:
“Is this what it’s coming down to? Cities invaded by food trucks? Date night on sidewalks? This trend will grow, expand, and in its wake leave nothing but broken business behind. Is this what Eagle Rock wants? More empty retail spaces, with “For Lease” and “For Rent” signs dotting the boulevard?
I love living in Eagle Rock. I have worked really hard to bring an uber coffee bar to Eagle Rock. But I’m exhausted.
Initially, my dream was to help shape Colorado Boulevard into a Pasadena-ish haven and really help revitalize the community. But we allow massage parlors, marijuana dispensaries, excessive nail salons—and now food trucks. I’m beginning to feel like all of my efforts are for nothing.
Vuagniaux added that nearby Pasadena, Glendale and Burbank would never allow what “we do” in Los Angeles.