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.


Friday, June 29, 2012

Oak Park Motel Sign


The front from a different angle.  Just the sign and palm trees this time.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

316 S. Myrtle Avenue - A Look At The Future



The upper photo is of the former Sell's Furniture / Patty's Antiques (and, I'm sure, others) building located directly across from Library Park that has been vacant for a while now.  The bottom photo is an enlargement of the image on the top of the building and, I'm guessing, the plan for the location.  Nice looking building.  Possibly retail space on the ground floor facing the street.  Office space for the rest of the building.

If the new building is shown facing Myrtle Avenue, what happened to the businesses to the north and south?

This block was included for possible redevelopment as part of "Vision 2015" (pages 17 - 19 specifically).  Now that there is no more redevelopment agency, how does that affect projects on this block and "Vision 2015"?

I'm always curious about new developments, if anyone has any details about what's going in here, I'd love to hear it.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Oak Park Motel


The sun was not up yet but the sky was starting to brighten to the east and over the local mountains.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Heroes Wear White Hats


A white fire helmet rests on the seat of Monrovia's first fire engine.  The 1917 Seagrave is in the process of being restored.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Exterior Paint At Monrovia High School


Some scaffolding is up and it looks like the exterior of the high school is going to get some fresh paint.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sunday Road Trip - Joshua Tree National Park

Father's Day edition.  Happy Father's Day!

A progression from day to night at Joshua Tree.






The details:

Mileage from Monrovia:  About 130 miles.
Travel time:  About 2 1/2 hours.  Over this much distance, travel time can vary greatly depending on when you go and traffic conditions.
Fees:  If you drive - $15.00 permit good for 7 days.  Check the other fee options here.

Joshua Tree National Park is always open.  There are four visitor centers open from 8am to either 4pm or 5pm depending on the center.  More info here.
There are many things to do at Joshua Tree including camping, hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing. (And, of course, photography!)  See more here.

Have fun!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

LA Dodger Kenley Jansen at Paul's TV in Monrovia on Saturday 6/16


Los Angeles Dodger Kenley Jansen will be at the Monrovia Paul's TV inside the Living Spaces store at 407 W. Huntington Drive today (Saturday June 16th) from noon to 1pm signing autographs.

More info here on the Paul's TV blog.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ray Bradbury: August 22, 1920 - June 5, 2012


Pictured above delivering the keynote address at the grand opening of the new Monrovia Public Library on May 16, 2009.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Dancing In The Park


Monday, June 4, 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Monrovia Hong Kong Supermarket Update


Peeking through the window.

I've posted a photo before of how good the exterior looks, but the interior still has some work to be done.
The check stands and most, if not all, of the stuff still here was left behind by the previous supermarket tenant.

Don't expect to shop here for the 4th of July.  According to the Pasadena Star-News, it will be more like August or September before they open.

Friday, June 1, 2012

June 2012 City Daily Photo Theme Day: Tranquility

Library Park - Monrovia, CA.

The first of the month is Theme Day at City Daily Photo.  To see how other photographers from around the world interpreted the theme for this month of "Tranquility", just click on the link below:

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

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