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So Pas Portrait

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 18:36:08 GMT

When my parents (both social workers) purchased our house on Alpha Street in about 1952, without never having actually been in South Pasadena, they were disgusted to discover that the town was lily-white. I and my siblings went through school here and when I (the youngest) was in high school in the early 60s, there was an exchange student from India with dark skin, literally the very first non-white to attend school here. When the Monterey Hills project progressed, and the horrified partners scrambled to raise funds to try to buy back the federal loan, and failed, I remember my father chortling with glee at their failure! My parents sold our house to friends in the early 70s, the Martinez family with three school-age children, and we came back to attend many barbecues and celebrations in our old back yard. I wonder about the population figures you give in the article.. " Population grew from a mere 1001 in 1900. By 1920, the population almost doubled to 7652."

Laurie Allee
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:31:42 GMT

Hi Margaret! I inadvertently left out the 1910 statistic! The population grew to 4569 in 1910, then almost doubled by 1920 to 7652. Thanks for pointing out the inconsistency. And thank you so much for telling your story. Your dad sounds great.

Laurie Allee
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:32:11 GMT

Btw, I corrected the numbers on the post. 😀