Downtown Pasadena, California

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Downtown Pasadena in 1945.
Pasadena City Hall

Downtown Pasadena California is the central business district of Pasadena, California. It is centered on Fair Oaks Avenue and Colorado Boulevard and is divided into three distinct neighborhoods: Old Pasadena, the Civic Center, and Monk Hill.


Old Pasadena[edit]

Old Pasadena is the historic core of Downtown, and has a multitude of fine shops and restaurants (Italian and Japanese restaurants are especially numerous here), two parks, the historic Del Mar Station and Castle Green, and the headquarters of Parsons.

Civic Center[edit]

The Civic Center lies to the east of Old Pasadena and was built in the 1920s. It is home to Pasadena's City Hall, Paseo Colorado, the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. It also houses several municipal government offices, though notably not the Department of Public Works, which is in Banbury Oaks.

Monk Hill[edit]

Monk Hill is the westernmost part of Downtown and is home to the Norton Simon Museum and Ambassador Auditorium.


Downtown Pasadena is served by Roosevelt, San Rafael, and McKinley Elementary Schools; Blair, and McKinley Middle Schools;, and Blair International Baccalaureate School; Maranatha High School is a Christian school in the area.


Mass Transit[edit]

The Metro Gold Line has two stations Downtown, at Memorial Park and Del Mar Station. Downtown is also served by Metro Rapid lines 762 and 780; and Metro Local lines 177, 180, 181, 256, 260, 267, 686, and 687; as well as Pasadena ARTS routes 10, 20, 31, 32, 40, 51, 52, and 70; and Foothill Transit line 187.

Major streets[edit]