Saturday, May 14, 2011

Breaking ground

Pasadena City College has been a vital part of our community since the 1920s.

It was a key element to the 6-4-4 Plan.

Michael James in his book, "The Conspiracy of the Good" describes the 6-4-4 Plan:

"Grouped in age graded clusters...students first attended kindergarten before beginning six years of elementary school, then four years at a junior/senior high school, followed by four more years at a senior/junior college, the last two years being devoted to the first two years of college. This was a seamless, fourteen-year educational experiment that was considered so unique in scope and enterprise only a community like Pasadena could pull it off".

This bit of history reminded me that PCC has been a part of ground breaking work in many, many ways.

I saw this bit of xeriscaping and thought, "Ah, they're at it again".
This patch is at the northside parking lot and could be viewed as a sister plot to the cacti and succulents that make up the border in the southside parking lot on the Bonnie Street side of the campus.

It's grand to see that there seems to be a movement afoot to reduce the grass on campus and the use of water. In a way they are reinforcing the idea that a community like Pasadena, or a college like PCC, can do something that is both groundbreaking in approach and with the potential of a grand outcome.

Go Lancers!

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