Inland Southern California’s mid-century architecture

Inland Southern California’s mid-century architecture

A recent trip to Palm Springs reminded us of that city’s sizable collection of mid-century modern architecture, including the former Coachella Valley Savings & Loan building pictured above. Designed by E. Stewart Williams, the building is an excellent example of modern bank design from the 1960s. We’ll explore some of these desert gems at a later date. But the two-day…

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Bookshelf: A look at local history books

Bookshelf: A look at local history books

Recently, local historian Hal Durian’s weekly “Riverside Recollections” column spotlighted several local history books, including the very popular photo history books from Arcadia Publishing. The Arcadia series includes several topics, including Images of America, Postcard History Series, Then & Now, Black America Series, Images of Sports, and Campus History Series. Locally, several communities have been profiled in the Arcadia series,…

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Forever 21 at Riverside Plaza

Forever 21 at Riverside Plaza

This weekend marked the grand opening of Forever 21 clothing stores inside former Gottschalks/Harris’ buildings at Riverside Plaza and Hemet Valley Mall. The stores are part of the Los Angeles-based retailer’s aggressive growth plans that includes new large-format stores, many of which are currently taking up residence within former Mervyn’s and Gottschalks stores. In excess of 50,000 sq. ft. —…

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(Harris’) Gottschalks gone

(Harris’) Gottschalks gone

This past weekend saw the end of an era as Fresno-based Gottschalks closed for good on Sunday. For local folks, this also means an end to what once was the remnants of San Bernardino-based The Harris Co., which operated 7 department stores across Inland Southern California before the chain was sold to Gottschalks in 1998. At the Riverside Plaza location,…

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Local malls holding their own

On the heels of the worst holiday shopping season since 1969, the nation’s retail landscape is likely headed for moderate changes as weak and battered retailers file for bankruptcy protection, close stores and/or shut down entirely. The transformation could see shoppers, both nationally and locally, greeted in the coming months with more than a few empty storefronts lining the halls…

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Then & Now – Galleria at Tyler

Then & Now – Galleria at Tyler

Since its opening as the single-level Tyler Mall in 1970 and re-christening as the two-level Galleria at Tyler in 1991, Riverside’s primary shopping center remains one of Inland Southern California’s top retail destinations. Currently undergoing its third major expansion, the Galleria at Tyler has flourished as both the city and the Inland region have grown and prospered. Below is Part…

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Growth as usual?

Growth as usual?

Last month, a report issued by the California Department of Finance indicated Inland Southern California will likely double to 8 million residents by 2050. Whether all 4 million new residents show up within the next 40 years or not, recent history indicates the region can still expect a large influx of new residents. As we previously noted, the million-dollar question…

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Then & Now – San Bernardino’s ‘E’ Street

Then & Now – San Bernardino’s ‘E’ Street

One of the things we find fascinating are how places and/or buildings change — or don’t change — over time. Sometimes it’s a simple paint job on an old house or building while at other times an entire building — or entire block — is completely redeveloped. Sometimes the transformation takes several years, while in other cases the landscape changes…

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ULI to develop plans for downtown San Bernardino

ULI to develop plans for downtown San Bernardino

With the need for more county offices on the horizon and plans for remaking San Bernardino’s Carousel Mall somewhat uncertain, the city and county agreed this week to hire an outside consultant to help shape and, more importantly, move along plans for redeveloping parts of downtown San Bernardino. The $115,000 contract with Urban Land Institute will have the nonprofit planning…

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LNR closer to redeveloping Carousel Mall

LNR closer to redeveloping Carousel Mall

Plans for redeveloping a struggling mall in downtown San Bernardino moved a step closer this week as Miami-based LNR Property Corporation submitted draft environmental documents for replacing the 35-year-old, Victor Gruen-designed mall with a mixture of residential and commercial uses. Tentatively called “Court Street West,” plans are for up to 750 residential units, mostly condos, townhomes and lofts, plus approximately…

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