This article in the Daily Bulletin is the type of story I like to read about Pomona. Sounds like something akin to Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade is in the works for Pomona's Third street, at least in the night time, and minus the usual corporate shops. I think this is a good move. The way to become a destination spot is not to make yourself generic, so I am excited about this plan. I'm also hoping they make Third Street a daytime destination spot by putting in something like the Chino children's museum to get families into the area.
I will admit to being a fan of Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade, mostly for the people watching, not the usual suspect of shops. My favorites there have been the smaller, independently-owned stores, most of which have closed up on me due to the ever increasing rent: Noteworthy Stationery store and Benita Frites (best french fries outside of Amsterdam) to name just two. I do still go to the outdoor crepe cafe there.
This new development makes me realize there's at least one or two people who know what they are doing in Pomona City government, or at least who have City Hall's ear. There is hope.
Speaking of L.A.'s mega-shopping complexes, Pomona already has our version of "The Grove." Our "The Grove" is up on Garey just below Foothill. It consists of an out-of-date shopping center housing small businesses that most outsiders have never heard of: Los Jarrittos Mexican Restaurant No. 3 and Aladdin middle eastern restaurant (no. 1). No, there's no iPOD store, nor is there a Banana Republic (although who needs the store when you've got the City government of Pomona). I don't know about you, but I much prefer Pomona's version of "The Grove" to L.A.'s at Third and Fairfax. But then again, I've never been into walling off streets and neighborhoods.THE END.