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Creating a community

October 30, 2000

"If you look at it a year from now, you'll be shocked," he said.

"It'll be a completely different place. It's going to be beautiful."

Within the next six months, Duran said the city will start work on

projects to slow traffic along the streets of Adams Square and to

beautify the area.

The improvements include a central plaza with trees, benches and a

fountain for the corner of Chevy Chase and Adams and a landscaped center


median further east on Chevy Chase, near Acacia.

The second part of the revitalization plan remains in the development

stages but could include sidewalk improvements and additional street

lighting, Duran said.

Since 1995, the city has budgeted nearly $750,000 for improvements in

the Adams Square area, he said.


A much larger investment is being made, by the city and the Glendale

Unified School District, to improve another section of South Glendale.

The $39-million Edison-Pacific school and park relocation project will

transform the square block where Pacific Park now sits into a community

center with an elementary school, library, park and multipurpose


The city, which is putting up $17.8 million of the total, has

purchased most of the 25 properties that will be razed for the project

and has begun relocating the people in those buildings.

Construction is expected to begin next year. The project could be

completed as early as 2002, Duran said.

Veronica Rangel, who lives in the area and has a child attending

Edison Elementary School, is anxious to see the Edison-Pacific complex


"I adore that project," she said, waiting for her 5-year-old son,

Alex, to finish his swimming lesson at the Pacific Park pool. "I love

what they're doing with it."

That's exactly the kind of excitement Duran hopes the Edison-Pacific

and Adams Square projects will generate among residents.

"If people see that the city and some of their neighbors are acting as

partners to make improvements in their neighborhoods ... then, it seems

to us, that they'd be more likely to take greater pride in their

neighborhood and in maintaining it," he said.


City Councilman Gus Gomez, who lives in the Adams Hill district, said

area residents already have a lot of pride.

"Most of the people I know in the southern portion of the city take a

great deal of pride in taking care of their properties. They take pride

in their neighborhoods, they take pride in their schools," Gomez said.

"There's a perception that, in essence, if you're north of the [134]

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