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). 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. 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.
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
Fantastic building waiting to be turned into Berghain west