You’d be hard-pressed to find a city that provides more services more effectively and cost-efficiently than Arcadia.
The city is among the safest and the City Council and city staff are both remarkably stable, which creates a sense of security and calm for residents. Streets and sidewalks are kept clean and maintained, and there is seldom any reason to complain about utilities or public works.
Volunteerism is a hallmark of Arcadia with hundreds of volunteers spending tens of thousands of hours contributing to the fabric of the community, whether it be sitting on Commissions, leading classes, or just helping out in the book store at the library. City leaders are often seen engaging and interacting with the community at numerous events and they encourage residents to do the same.
The city and the Chamber of Commerce each publish regular newsletters, directories like this one, calendars and other materials, along with daily updates of their web sites.
The city has replaced or remodeled nearly every major city building in recent years except the aging City Hall, which is completing a facelift of its own. A new City Hall is also being considered.
Getting around Arcadia is a breeze. There is one main freeway that bisects the northern part of town, the east-west 210 “Foothill” freeway, running along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.
The primary north-south streets are Santa Anita Avenue on the east and Baldwin Avenue on the west. The primary east-west streets are (starting north and working south) Foothill Boulevard, Huntington Drive, Duarte Road and Live Oak Avenue.
Signal lights on the busiest streets are electronically contolled by computer and overseen manually to adjust the light patterns to traffic demand.
Several streets include wide bike paths, such as the north-south El Monte Avenue in the middle of Arcadia.
The City also offers a small city Dial-A-Ride service called Arcadia Transit.
Gold Line Light Rail Train Service
Work on the 11.5-mile Gold Line Foothill Extension of the light rail line from Downtown L.A. is expected to be completed by late 2015 and open for service in early 2016 to as far east as Azusa, with plans being developed to then extend the line to the county border and eventually the Ontario airport.
Arcadia is centrally located between the Ontario airport, the Burbank airport, and LAX.
There are connections in town and nearby to the airports and other locations via Metro Bus, taxi or shuttles.