History of Glendora - Today's Glendora
Compiled by Culver Heaton, Jr.
The Glendora Auto Centre was completed in the early 1990’s; Wal Mart opened a new 120,000 square foot store across from the Auto Centre in 1994. Following a controversial election on “Measure D” in March of 2000, voters approved a new zoning and development master plan for the construction of the 50 acre Glendora Market Place with three major big box stores and other smaller commercial establishments. This was followed in 2007 with the opening of the adjoining 30 acre Diamond Ridge commercial center project with several additional major big box retailers, restaurants and a multiscreen theater complex. That very same year, the City completed a $10,000,000 reconstruction of Louie Pompei Sports Park complete with five lighted baseball and soccer fields. The historic Alosta Avenue was renamed as Route #66 and in 2003, the City adopted a new master design plan for this 3 mile long commercial corridor and the Gold Line commuter rail expansion from Pasadena through Glendora was announced for completion in 2011.
An old fashioned annual Christmas Parade and traditional Homecoming Parade still bring out Glendorans in goodly numbers to celebrate their community in preparation for the annual holidays. Technology had not bypassed Glendora though! The Internet made access to government and business easier and disseminated information during emergencies. E-commerce partnered with traditional commerce, offering the best of both worlds.
At the beginning of the 21st century, the U.S. Census bureau listed Glendora’s population at 49, 419, and covering 19.5 square miles. New businesses, services and families have arrived and enriched the diversity of the community. Although most of Glendora’s vacant land has been developed, change is always forthcoming. Those changes keep Glendora vibrant, by remembering our history, protecting our ‘small town atmosphere’, and keeping an eye towards the future. The fragrance of citrus blossoms in the air is now only a memory, yet the beautiful City of Glendora will always continue to be known as the “Pride of the Foothills.”