Why is That Tree Hiding the Historic Rialto Theater?

After Redevelopment
After Redevelopment

Some not so smart landscape planner hired by the Fullerton Redevelopment Agency thought he knew what he was doing when he choose to plant a tree right in front of the Historic Rialto Theater in downtown Fullerton. The Rialto Theater Building is one of the two remaining  “Zig Zag Moderne” buildings in Fullerton. What do you think about the landscaping efforts of the Redevelopment Agency in downtown Fullerton?

Before Redevelopment
Before Redevelopment

6 Replies to “Why is That Tree Hiding the Historic Rialto Theater?”

  1. Yah, they put one of those f-ing trees in front of my joint, so I drove a bunch of copper nails in it and guess what happened to that f-ing tree?

  2. Sorry, the battle was lost once they put lights in those trees. The people of Fullerton like shiney things, so those trees will never come down.

  3. Martin B, your close to identifying what the people of Fullerton really like, it’s more like; cheesy, temporary, shiny things.

  4. The lower picture is a thriving downtown. It reminds me a lot of other small towns I’ve seen.
    The upper picture –those trees are out of place in the small median. I like floss trees –but in the right place.
    I don’t like the parking in the back. I prefer street parking. It brings up the foot traffic in the area, hence, bringing in more business.

  5. missk, that tree in front of the Rialto is emblematic of an incompetent bureaucracy at work. This tree was replaced about 10 years ago and is not a silk floss. However when the maintenance department replaced some of flossers they put the new trees in exactly the same place as the old. So some went right back – dead-center of the properties instead of at the property lines where they would block storefrionts less.

    You may recall the post about that lame bench facing the blank stucco wall. That bench was plunked down exactly where its 1980s predecessor had been; not because it was functional, but because not putting it there would be a tacit admission that the first placement was moronic.

    That’s how Fullerton Redevelopment works: we don’t make mistakes and we never have to say we’re sorry.

  6. By the way, missk, you might be interested to know that the Redevelopment bureaucrat responsible for every f-up in downtown between 1980 and 2000 is now the vice president of that heritage group!

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