Sunday, January 11, 2009
Wanted: Pomona's 100th Monkey
Over the weekend, I drove through the intersection of Garey and Alvarado. I am certain that my whole face lit up as I saw what is today's photo: a giant, circular "for lease" sign in front of the old Firehouse Restaurant. My first thought was, "Why didn't anyone email me?" But then I realized the sign must have just gone up, as I drive through that intersection to and from Stater Bros. all the time. During my five years here, there has never been any attempt to rent this abandoned building at an amazingly central corner.
I will now officially channel all my good vibes into the hope that a wonderful neighborhood-oriented business will take lease of this corner. I can imagine so many viable businesses that could open there. I really REALLY hope the space doesn't become a janitorial supply company or a tire shop. Knock on wood...seriously. What do you think will end up going in? And "nothing" doesn't count as an answer. LOL
I'll call the leasing agent this week and let you know what I find out about the particulars, given the excuses we've heard about it sitting vacant so long because there is too much asbestos inside. Isn't that what abatement is for?
The place also has quite a bit of grafitti currently, so if anyone else in addition to me will call it in to the city for removal, perhaps we can get the place cleaned up a bit for prospective renters. As for any guerilla painters or gardeners out there, well now is not the time to be shy.
In the meantime, if everyone who happens to read the blog would join me in thinking good thoughts for both the great hole on 2nd street and the corner of Garey and Alvarado, perhaps we'll finally reach the 100th monkey and create positive change here in Pomona.
Just like old times, senior staff photographer Ren took today's photograph. And me, just another goddess from Pomona, supplied the potatoes. Now start washing.