Pomona Art’s Colony 06/07/2019

Pomona, one of L.A. county’s eastern most cities, oozing with California history . Located between the Inland Empire and the San Gabriel Valley.

Wish I could do a deep dive but for now let’s focus on the Art’s Colony.

Originally occupied by the Tongva Native Americans. Named for the ancient Roman goddess of fruit.

In the 1920’s Pomona was known as the “Queen of the Citrus Belt”, with one of the highest per-capita levels of income in the United States. In the 1940’s it was used as a movie-previewing location for major motion picture studios to see how their films would play to morally middle-class audiences around the country (for which Pomona was at that time viewed as an idealized example).[1] For instance.. in 1940, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz spent their honeymoon in downtown Pomona.

In 1962 Architect Millard Sheets completed the “The Pomona Mall” which was hailed as one of the first pedestrian malls in the United States and nationally recognized as a blueprint for urban revitalization. Five years of planning, the mall was just one part of a massive plan of civic improvements that were originally envisioned to encompass nearly all of Pomona.[2] Initially successful, as early as 1969 local newspapers reported a high number of vacancies in the retail store.

Over the decades Pomona’s economy declined as businesses closed or migrated elsewhere. Due to this flight of resources.

In 1977, five of the nine blocks were reopened to automobiles in an effort to lure shoppers back. The east end of the mall remained closed to traffic, and it has been integrated into the campus for Western University of Health Sciences. The west end of the mall is now the center of a growing arts colony, with galleries, studios and restaurants.[3]

The Fox Theater: Pomona CA. 10/01/2004
A familiar sight for anyone who raved in Southern California during the 1990’s
(Photo credit: @TravelBeagles)
Beautiful mural depicting the people of Pomona valley.
You can find this mural at 195 W 2nd St
Pomona, California 91766
While there visit La Bomba Vintage Clothing
(Photo credit: @TravelBeagles)
The Glass House.
Another familiar sight to 90’s Southern California ravers & music fans in general.
I literally can’t tell you how many late night/early morning I’ve spent here.
Photo credit: https://www.instagram.com/travelbeagles/
I’m digging the architecture @ Acerogami
(Indie music bar and concert venue in Downtown Pomona. Connected to the Glass House Concert Hall)
Photo credit: https://www.instagram.com/travelbeagles/

Very little electronic music but a solid collection of indy, rock, pop, soul & more. Don’t be scared by the boxes in the window, store is well cataloged & organized.
@ The Glass House Record Store

The School of Arts and Enterprise


Former First National Bank Building at the corner of 2nd & Main Street.
A shell of it’s former self. (Photo credit: @TravelBeagles)

Fantastic building waiting to be turned into Berghain west

Detroit Michigan, Movement 2019 (DEMF)

May 24th – 29th, 2019

GM Renaissance Center, Detroit MI 05-26-2019 (Photo: Willow Ranch Travel)

Deeply loved yet often misunderstood. Your beauty & character knows no bounds.

I was lucky enough to spend another fantastic weekend with my closest friend in one of my absolute favorite places in the world, The D!

3+ days of music drenched madness. I can’t begin to describe how badly I needed that! I love you Detroit, thank you for yet another amazing, soul affirming experience.

Dishonorable mention of the weekend: The utter fail of FB messenger. Can’t tell you how many missed connections that caused.

(About a week late with this but decided to be self-indulgent & post it anyway)

www.movement.us (#DEMF)
*festival pictures to come

Detroit History:
[1] The word “detroit” is French for “strait,” and the French called the river “le détroit du Lac Érié,” meaning “the strait of Lake Erie.” On July 24, 1701, a French explorer and nobleman by the name of Antoine de la Mothe, sieur de Cadillac founded Detroit.

[2] In 1960 Detroit was the richest per capita city in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Today Detroit has filed for bankruptcy, the largest American city to do so. … Thirty-three percent (33%) of Detroit’s 140 square miles is vacant or derelict.

Don’t let that stat fool you. Detroit is rich in spirit & thankfully art is the current tent pole.

Exciting stuff happening in galleries like The Scarab Club & MOCA Detroit
You also have the beautiful & well established Detroit Institute of Arts
Funky hometown clothing designers SMPLFD & Shinola
The always vibing local wine bar Motor City Wine
Everyone’s favorite Squares since ’46 @ Buddy’s Pizza
Get your BBQ fix at Slow’s
Techno vinyl geek out at Submerge, Hello Records & Peoples Records (Just to name a few)

I’m not even scratching the surface

Still wild & rough around the edges but that’s what I love you Detroit.

Near Comerica Park: Downtown (Photo: Willow Ranch Travel)
Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts The Detroit Industry fresco cycle was conceived by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (1886–1957) as a tribute to the city’s manufacturing base and labor force of the 1930s. Rivera completed the twenty-seven panel work in eleven months, from April 1932 to March 1933. It is considered the finest example of Mexican mural art in the United States, and the artist thought it the best work of his career (credit: dia.org)

Also known as..
TECHNO CITY, America’s Comeback City, Arsenal of Democracy, City of Trees, City of the Straits, Hitsville USA, Hockeytown, The Motor City & of course Motown.

Credit 1: Wikipedia

Credit 2: Michigan dot org