On Friday about 20 teens from local schools, churches and community youth programs took a tour of Pasadena via the Metro Gold Line. At the Del Mar, Sierra Madre Villa, Lake Avenue and Memorial Park stops they explored each station, took a scavenger hunt of sorts, then wrote down their impressions. In some cases they walked out onto the sidewalk and went a block or so, then wrote their opinions about transportation options, economic development and more. They also used disposal cameras to take photos of all the areas they visited. The photos will be posted on the city of Pasadena website in the next week or so. They were accompanied by adults who led a followup discussion with the teens during a pizza lunch during which the teens shared their opinions about what’s best for Pasadena’s future. After all, Pasadena will be under their watch 10 to 20 years from now.
Throughout Pasadena’s General Plan update process, teens and young adults are being mobilized to help spark interest and excitement among the under-20 crowd. An inventive team of young activists, ages 13 to 18, represents diverse backgrounds and interests. Among other duties, the team is designing a fun and fast-paced General Plan youth summit this fall to elicit fresh, young ideas on the very same issues being considered by adults – what they love about Pasadena, what they would like to see changed and what is most important for the community’s future.
The team has also been out on the street for the past few weeks videotaping a collection of “Pasadena Stories” that will be posted online and on KPAS, the city’s cable television channel. Teens interested in being on the team may email youthvoices@ cityofpasadena.net or call (626) 744-7249.
Every city in California has a General Plan, a blueprint for growth and development that lays out specifi c strategies for land use, mobility, housing, open space, conservation, noise and safety. It refl ects a community’s values and directs all of the municipal government’s day-today decisions, plans and priorities.
A communitywide outreach effort has been launched to help Pasadenans speak their minds about four of the most important elements: Land Use (where different types of buildings should be located), Mobility (how we get from place to place), and Open Space and Conservation (how open space and natural resources should be preserved). These critical chapters will guide how Pasadena grows and changes, and how we prioritize clean and simple travel well into the next decade.
For more information visit www.cityofpasadena. net/generalplan.