Another image from the street in Claremont, California, this time in the plaza adjacent to the Laemmle Theater. A nice little oasis hidden behind some commercial buildings, a hotel and the theater. After capturing frames of people hanging out in the plaza, and some of the surrounding architectural elements, Judy and I and my sister had dinner outside in front of a Mexican restaurant that backs up to this plaza. The food was nothing to write home about, but the ambiance was very relaxing. We did get some good coffee later from the Coffee Bean & Tes Leaf that also backs up to this plaza.
I really enjoy our visits to the “center villages” of some of the towns in the Los Angeles basin, such as Claremont, Glendora, Monrovia, Orange, and look forward to visiting other locales that have also preserved or re-developed their original town centers. Old Town in Pasadena is another great venue for capturing street life and period architecture, if not a bit more fast moving and urbane than these smaller towns. It seems to me that life and fulfillment from your environment is a lot simpler and easier and more pleasant in the non-Disneyfied, non-freeway-accessible, non-malled (enclosed or strip), non-high-voltage entertainment and shopping venues that have proliferated in our urban areas.
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