Today is the first of the month, and that means it's Theme Day for those of us who belong to the City Daily Photo blogging community. This month's theme is Books, which is a candy/Christmas/winning-the-lottery/finding-the-fountain-of-youth/everybody-gets-a-pony kind of theme for me, given the fact that I am a complete and unabashed bookworm.
When we moved into our house last year, the previous owners left us a small stack of books about South Pasadena. Today's picture comes from a South Pas city guide from 1904. Most of Los Angeles paved paradise, replaced orange groves with strip malls and freeways, and surrendered much of its history to stay ever-new. South Pasadena, however, has held fast to a principle of preservation. When I thumbed through this book, I was struck with how South Pasadena retains much of the charm, close community and small-town delight those city planners wrote about 104 years ago. If someone stumbles upon an old copy of this blog in another 100 years, I hope he or she has a similar experience.
Make sure to check out the varied Theme Day posts by other city photo bloggers (and book lovers) around the planet.