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Free Digital Edition

As "My City" is set up as a visual exhibit, this is the best edition available, with full spread panoramas, fluid zoom-in images and navigational links.

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Links found at the bottom of each page allow for easy navigation.

"The City Planning Movement in Pasadena"
Vroman's Bookstore

695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

As the region's largest independent bookseller, Vroman's is a venerated Pasadena institution that dates back to 1894.

During the original Planning Movement, Vroman's supported a City Beautiful Assn. competition by providing one of the prizes.

Today, Vroman's is more than a bookstore. With its great selection, newsstand (one of the last), cafe, and speakers series, Vroman's remains a treasured institution, providing a community space for public presentations that is rare today.

See also, the June 5th presentation at Vroman's to the right.

The Centennial Release of

"My City"

Celebrating the Origins of Pasadena's Greatest Endeavor

"My City" tells the story of Pasadena's model city aspirations and the landmark exhibit that brought 5000 people together to envision the city's future.

"Know Your City Better" read the sign on the wall of the original "My City" exhibit. And as their knowledge grew, the excitement and momentum of Pasadena's ongoing conversation about planning its future helped set in motion Pasadena's Golden Age of Development.

Based on the work of Pasadena's City Beautiful planning movement, "My City" explores the extraordinary results this method achieved, the subsequent planning mistakes that occurred when it was abandoned, and how the "My City" approach can be revitalized for any city today.

Created as a gift of gratitude by native son David Robert Wolf, the "My City" project is also your invitation to both "Know Your City Better" and help plan its future.


"My City" is a non-profit project. Print editions are for sale at a nominal price to help defray the cost of printing. Contributions to support the distribution of free copies are also accepted and appreciated.

1. Free Digital Edition.

2. Black & White Printed Edition, $12. Available at a Centennial Brunch or by contacting at The "My City" Project.

3. Color Printed Edition, $24.
Available at Vroman's Bookstore, the Pasadena Museum of History Store, Century Books, the Centennial Brunch, or by contacting The "My City" Project.

4. Deluxe Color Printed Edition, $39.
This annotated box set includes a delux book case and supplementary articles. Available at Pasadena's Central Library, Vroman's Bookstore, or at the Centennial Brunch.

"My City" Author David Robert Wolf to Speak at Vroman's Bookstore
Monday, June 5th at 7pm

"My City" author David Wolf will be presenting a talk entitled "My City"
An Invitation to Help Plan Your City's Future,
which will include an exploration of this forgotten history and the century that followed. Learn about Pasadena's Planning Movement and how revitalizing its "My City" approach can provide the bottom-up momentum missing from planning today.

Central Library

285 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91101

The first priority set by "My City" was the creation of this landmark library.

A copy of the Deluxe Boxed edition of "My City, which includes Dean Damon's articles, can be found at Pasadena's Central Library by inquiring at the front desk.

The one-hour checkout time may be extended for up to a week by special request.

"How to Get Started in City Planning: The Pasadena Way"
Pasadena Museum of History Store

470 W Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91103

"My City" and Dean Damon's leadership were key to creating the Pasadena Museum of History, which in turn, was essential in creating the "My City" book. Find it at the Museum Store today.

Century Books
Century Books

1039 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91106

Century Books also has a tangential connection to the original "My City" and it is where you can find a copy of the Color Printed Edition today.