Downtown, Santa Cruz
Downtown Santa Cruz along Pacific Avenue
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"Pendulum" 2007
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Artist: A. Van de Kerckhove external link Watsonville
Material: Steel
Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:44:38 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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Another sculpture garden where Walnut Ave met Pacific Avenue external link.


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Pacific Avenue at Water Street
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:24:20 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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Water Street became Mission Street where it met Pacific Avenue external link.


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The Front Street split
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:24:34 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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Where Front Street (left) splits off of Pacific (right) external link. Pacific Avenue was the quiet street with shops, restaurants and hotels.


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"Virgin Moon" 2005
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Artist: Marilyn Kuksht external link
Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:25:04 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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A small garden at the head of Pacific Avenue featured art.


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Lift Off (left), Waterfall (center), Leaf II (right)
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Artist: Ron Lion external link Aptos, California
Concrete and steel 2008
Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:25:56 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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A small garden at the head of Pacific Avenue featured art.


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Dancers on a wall
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:27:52 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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On the bare wall over a vacant lot were cutouts of dancers. A sign indicated that the lot had, at one time, been the Pacific Garden Place.


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Mr. Goodie's Antiques & Collectibles
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:29:26 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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Mr. Goodie's external link was filled with antiques and interesting items of all sorts.


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Chocolate of Santa Cruz
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:32:18 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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A restaurant and lounge called Chocolate internal link was right there on that quiet sidewalk.


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Pacific Wave
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:33:32 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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The Pacific Wave internal link surf and snow equipment store.


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Peet's Coffee
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:34:04 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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No shopping district would be complete without a Peet's Coffee internal link shop.


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"Untitled Clevis #2" 1993
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Artist: Harold Moodie, Santa Cruz
Material: Cor-ten steel
Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:35:36 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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A sign embedded in the ground read:

"After the devastating 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, sculptures by Santa Cruz County artists were selected by a community vote to be sited along Pacific Avenue. These sculptures were part of the redesign efforts undertaken to rebuild downtown Santa Cruz and memorialize the City's recovery."

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At at the end of Church
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:36:40 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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Church Street hit Pacific Avenue external link at an art garden. Notice that Pacific Avenue is a one-way street which results in higher traffic speeds and a less pedestrian friendly shopping area.


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"The Birth of Con-Ed" 1996
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Artist: Jamie Abbott
Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:37:14 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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In the sculpture garden where Church Street hit Pacific Avenue.


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"Leaves" 2008
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Artist: Paul Cheney external link Watsonville
Material: Steel
Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:37:58 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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A metal sculpture greeted folks walking down Pacific Avenue.


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The Clock
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:39:54 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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The clock on the Rittenhouse Building external link. One resident complained that the "clock was obscenely expensive."


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North Pacific Avenue
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:23:08 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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North Pacific Avenue curved below residential hills to meet the Pacific Avenue of downown. Note, just beyond the curved stores was a stairway up to houses.


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Pacific Avenue looking south
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:45:20 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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The view looking south down the sidewalk alongside Pacific Avenue. Notice that the street merely lost parking spaces to create this sculpture garden, but that the sidewalk lost significant width that was not necessary to lose.


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A spa and hair stylist
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:51:30 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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The Farmacy Spa/Apothecary external link and the Parlor hair salon external link were next to each other on Pacific Avenue.


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Rules governed the sidewalk
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:57:10 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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Sign read:

S.C. Muni Code
No smoking
No skate devices
No dogs
No alcohol
No bicycles on sidewalks

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A Taco Bell
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 16:59:46 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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A Taco Bell external link was near the foot of Pacific Avenue.


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Pacific Avenue at Laurel Street
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 17:05:36 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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A low, somewhat rundown apartment complex at the foot of Pacific Avenue near Laurel Street external link.


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Cowell's Beach Surf Shop
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March 2010)
(Photo taken 17:21:40 Wednesday 10 March 2010)
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Cowell's Beach Surf Shop external link was the last store on the walk down Pacific Avenue.


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