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April 15, 2004


just found your blog from la observed. I lived in Ontario for 15 years and Claremont for 7. Just moved to Pasadena. Having been in real estate for a long time, i could tell you how the orange and lemon groves and vineyards became RC, Upland and Ontario, but it is a sad tale repeated often.

I agree with TLL, we moved to CA in 1980 and lived in West Covina for 12 years. We did a spell in Upland for a couple of years and moved back to WC. I also went to school in Pomona. It's a different world out there now. At least you missed out on the worse of the cow-poop smell. BTW, I love your blog

PS. The city of Riverside and the County of San Bernardino do have ordinances that say that the new homes have to be beige with those fake Spanish tile rooves. Sorry.

Thanks so much for stopping by, TLL and Fabooj. I can imagine the place was lovelier back then, and certainly less congested.

Thanks too for the compliment about the blog, Fabooj. What really makes it fun are the readers.

I was re-reading this entry (after commenting on your chariot) and caught your reference to the lingering smell of citrus. Ironically, if you had arrived in the Inland Empire at an earlier time, the citrus was still lingering. In 1984, the northwest corner of Euclid and Foothill in Upland, California was the site of one of the last lemon groves in the area. Today, it's a Vons parking lot.

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