Evergreen Gardens

10 thoughts on “Evergreen Gardens”

  1. Last year my wife and I went out to Pomona from Maine to attend the birth of our adopted son and take him home. The cognitive dissonance between the signage and heritage of the “Inland Empire” and its agricultural past, and the reality, was stunning. The downtown has a lot going for it and clearly it was once a bustling, proud place. But there we were, in Pomona Valley Hospital in what several people termed as the “meth capital of California”. We were eager to depart with our boy and get to our extended family in the Bay Area before heading back to New England. One day we’ll bring our son back to Pomona to see his birthplace. What do we tell him about what happened to that place?

  2. I live and do a lot of work in Pomona and the Planning Commission has banned gated communities since the late 90’s. Unfortunately they still prefer the suburban archetype because of issued a couple of miles south in the Angela Chanslor neighborhood, where the four-pack apartments which are more conducive to density ended up degenerating into a drug supermarket owned by mom and pop absentee investors who cared more about cash flow than the community. So they prefer owner occupied developments. Also planning commissioners are paranoid about parking because in neighborhoods to the west and north, many single family homes have multiple generations, each person with their own car, thus clogging up street parking and causing the city to violate their NPDES permit due to lack of efficient sweeping. Thus every unit has to have two covered spaces.

    1. We do tend to blame the inanimate buildings for the human activities that occur in them. “If all we build are 6,000 square foot homes on acre lots then poor people and drug dealers will never be able to afford to live in our pristine neighborhood.” Palmdale put the lie to that theory… I’m working on a post that compares Soviet apartment towers to luxury hotels in Waikiki and Maui. The architecture is exactly the same.

  3. How many units per acre does Evergreen Gardens, or that entire area, have? Seems to me they could’ve accomplished the same overall density by including some mildly denser housing types (two- and four-plexes, a courtyard apartment building or two) and added some green space to soften the look. A missed opportunity.

      1. All the high fences, gates, and security grills really warm up the place. So do we blame city planning and architecture for the social ills of this area?

        I had some acquaintances from Dayton visit me here in San Francisco a while back. My neighborhood is loud, messy, chaotic, and not particularly pretty – at least not by the suburban standard.
        It’s full of all kinds of activities that translate emotionally to poverty and crime to someone from Ohio. They would never let anything like this be built back home since it would attract the wrong element and cause blight.

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