March 13, 2017: Since I started Gem City Images way back in 2007, the photos posted here have been (almost) exclusively of Monrovia. All my other photos have been posted to various social media sites like Flickr, Instagram and Facebook.
While that seemed like a good idea, in reality it led to a lack of consistency that was frustrating for me and made it hard to follow along with the latest photos.
So, starting now, Gem City Images will no longer be exclusively Monrovia. If you still want to see Monrovia only, you can always click the "Monrovia" label on the right side but hopefully you'll follow along for the whole experience.
Even though Gem City Images refers to Monrovia, I decided to keep that as the blog name. No matter where I go, The Gem City is where it all started.
...a very small bowling alley. I barely remember walking there one day but don't have any memory of going inside. I do remember the sounds of people bowling that I could hear from the parking lot behind the building.
Now it's a Prudential California Realty, Scoops Ice Cream and a gym at the rear of the building.
Coming up with a photo of Monrovia that also said "Happy New Year" was more difficult than I expected. Then it hit me: Colorado Blvd!
The biggest events around here on New Year's Day are the Rose Bowl and The Rose Parade. The Rose Parade route is along Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena. Colorado Blvd. extends to, and actually ends in, Monrovia.
That's the connection. The photo above is where Colorado Blvd. crosses Myrtle Ave. in the heart of Old Town Monrovia. Happy New Year!