Battered Bungalows

Pondering the city’s love for the Miramar after another recent planning setback.

They survived the Great Depression

But now rot through the recession –

Blue and white bungalows

Which families built and business froze.

Once a place for Joe Normal

To feel posh yet informal

Near vacationing celebrities

And middle class families;

Where the bellhop knew your name

And you were glad you came,

To see waiters balance food

While riding bikes with attitude;

When less owned yachts than rode trains,

Before Miramar played corporate games –

Blue and white bungalows,

Montecito’s thorn or historic rose?

Inspired by comments found here and stories told here.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Mandatory Evacuation Called for Fire Zones in Santa Barbara County

Heavy rains expected Tuesday-Thursday; debris flows feared.

Cannabis Farmer Gets over $1 Million Insurance Payout

Thomas Fire ash destroys crop; analysis finds asbestos, lead, arsenic, and magnesium.

Next Debris Flow Could Take Different, Unknown Path

"I've never seen this degree of hazard," says Cal Fire scientist.

Biggest Storm Since 1/9 Approaching Santa Barbara

The storm system brings increased threat of flash floods and debris flows.

Jack Johnson Tours Montecito Disaster Area Ahead of Benefit Concert

Jack and Kim Johnson met with Bucket Brigade leaders to see the destruction firsthand.