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 21, 2013

Fencing Up Around Lot For Upcoming Fast5Xpress Car Wash (And Del Taco)


Lots of new construction around town these days.  The empty lot on Huntington Drive that will soon be home to a new Fast5Xpress Car Wash and a new Del Taco has been fenced off with a "Coming Soon" sign put up.
The lot is adjacent east of the Oak Park Motel and across the street from the Target shopping center.

I spent many a summer day as a kid playing miniature golf, jumping on the trampolines (and somehow not breaking my neck), and pouring quarters into pinball machines on this lot.

More info on the City's Development Spotlight Blog:

-Fast5Xpress
-Del Taco

And the Fast5Xpress website here:  http://www.fast5xpress.com/

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

I Never Tire Of Seeing Wild Animals Roam Free


Saw this bear on the Sawpit Fire Road above Monrovia Canyon Park this morning.  The bear spotted me, I waved and took a couple of photos, then the bear disappeared down the slope off the road.  There was a second bear, but it went down the slope almost as soon as I saw it.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Acapulco Must Go Go


Tear down of the old Acapulco restaurant in the Huntington Oaks Shopping Center began yesterday to make way for a new 4 tenant building that so far is expected to include a Chipotle and a Smashburger.

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