Stretching between Pasadena’s historic Library and Civic Auditorium, Paseo Colorado is an urban village in which residents and visitors live, shop, work and play. A well-known destination, Paseo Colorado depicts the strong arts culture and history of the area, while unifying the City’s Civic Center through a series of courtyards and pedestrian arteries. With the rich tradition of Pasadena as a backdrop, RELM designers didn’t need to look far for inspiration for this project. Drawing from the themes of historic Pasadena, the design team gave the landscape complexity and depth through use of elements reflecting local garden characteristics, including a large variety of roses reinforcing Pasadena’s Rose Parade and Rose Bowl fame. Decorative ceramic tile and fountains designed by prominent artists lend a sense of history to the project. Coordinated streetscape components including historic lights, enriched paving and pedestrian enhancements contribute to the project’s vitality, while linking Paseo Colorado to the rest of the Civic Center and Old Pasadena and the Playhouse District.
Special Achievement Award for Economic Development, International Downtown Association, 2003
Award of Excellence, Mixed-Use Development, California Redevelopment Association, 2003
Planning Project Award, American Planning Association, Los Angeles Section, 2003