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Sierra Madre Villa Station

Location:  N. Halstead, near Colorado and Foothill Blvd.
Parking:  Free parking--hundreds of spaces.
Schedule: Every 15 minutes during daytime

The Sierra Madre Villa station in Pasadena is currently the end of the northeast part of the Gold Line in more ways than one.  

First, it is located in Big Box land--a large shopping center, Hastings Village, is about one block north. There you will find  Nordstrom's Rack, Best Buy, Party City and Bed, Bath & Beyond, etc.  As for eats--Chipotle and El Torito are about the best they have.

Gold Line mosaic Sierra Madre Villa

Second, the art budget apparently ran dry when the Gold Line reached the Sierra Madre Villa station.  There are small mosaics by Beth Thielen embedded in the sidewalk by the elevators.  That's it, folks.

This deer mosaic is one-quarter of the entire art work at this station. Well, they did paint each one of the figures by the elevators on each of the 4 floors of the parking garage to help you remember where you parked your car. In all there are 5 figures--the antelope, red tailed hawk, mountains, oak tree and a Gabriellino woman. Interpretations of these figures appear at various places along the Gold Line, as well as at the Sierra Madre Villa Station.
  Sierra Madres Villa Gold Line station Coming or going to the Sierra Madre Villa station you have to walk through the garage, then cross to the middle of the 210 freeway on an elevated walkway. 

On the more positive side:  there are four floors of parking and bus service for many bus lines is available on the ground floor. This is a major transportation hub.

The Gold Line is being extended further east to Montclair. We hope they replenish the art budget when the extension is built. 

This station, while very practical as a commuter hub, would be a disappointment from the standpoint of artist efforts were it not for the fact that the A Noise Within theater company has moved into the old Stuart Pharmaceutical Company building  at the corner of Foothill and Sierra Madre Villa.   

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