With the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake coming up in a couple of months, we’re looking for ways to remember what downtown Santa Cruz was like before 10.17.89. It was, of course, called the Pacific Garden Mall back then, and though so old-timers still call it that, it’s not that anymore. It’s something entirely different.
We’re looking for photos of what Pacific Avenue looked like before the earthquake — specifically images of the street, the businesses, the Cooper House, the old totems of what Santa Cruz used to be.
We’re also looking for memories or reflections of the old Pacific Garden Mall. How was it different than Pacific Avenue is today? Was there a spirit lost with the destruction of the Mall?
Send photos and memories to us at the Sentinel here. We plan to remember the old Mall with coverage in September, before our coverage of the Earthquake in October.