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Alhambra have your say: What do you think about how the city is portrayed?

“I found a [nail salon] in a basement in Alhambra. I think it’s a front for human trafficking, but they do a really good job.”

–That, according to an LA Times entertainment blog, was the best line of the week in the CBS show Big Bang Theory.

"Circling Valley Boulevard in Alhambra, lost in suffocating, 100-degree heat, I'm wondering: What could possibly justify leaving my air-conditioned office to stumble around this too-familiar Southern California bleakscape of tire outlets, big box stores, nail parlors and fast-food joints?

A few minutes later, I've finally limped into 101 Noodle Express, and the answer is at hand. It's the restaurant's beef roll, something like a crispy Chinese pancake, rolled around thin layers of savory beef and topped with a homemade bean sauce."

–James Rainey wrote in his LA Times On the Media column.

Alhambra residents, how else do you hear the city portrayed? Fact, or fiction? What bothers you that people say about Alhambra? What do you like?

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3 thoughts on “Alhambra have your say: What do you think about how the city is portrayed?”

  1. Why wasn’t the entire quote mentioned?
    Negative portrayal: Valley Blvd.
    Positive portrayal: Great Asian eateries.
    Valley Blvd. has gotten a bit better in the past years…landscaped medians, some store improvements, etc. Yet, it is still is pretty blighted.

    Circling Valley Boulevard in Alhambra, lost in suffocating, 100-degree heat, I’m wondering: What could possibly justify leaving my air-conditioned office to stumble around this too-familiar Southern California bleakscape of tire outlets, big box stores, nail parlors and fast-food joints?

    A few minutes later, I’ve finally limped into 101 Noodle Express, and the answer is at hand. It’s the restaurant’s beef roll, something like a crispy Chinese pancake, rolled around thin layers of savory beef and topped with a homemade bean sauce.

    1. Anonymous — you’re right. Great Asian eateries definitely should be included in how Alhambra is represented. I will update accordingly. Thanks for the feedback, Daniela

  2. This actually angers me… thats all I have to say.

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