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So I was searching the Internet yesterday afternoon, looking for interesting and exciting things to bring you here on The Tattler. Sunday being one of the few days where there is plenty of time to casually rummage around and find the sorts of cool stuff that isn't quite on the beaten path. And much to my surprise and delight I stumbled across a website called CarbonatedTV. Though it is written in English, and with news videos in English as well, it is produced with an Asian audience in mind.
The video I have linked to above has a decidedly "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" sort of feel. Complete with breathless gushing narrator and a painfully obsequious regard for the privileged prats being interviewed. But there are some interesting revelations to be found as well.
This turned out to be a very good thing, as least as far as I am concerned. Because rather than the usual vanilla stuff about Arcadia that is passed around for folks like you and I to read, instead we get a good look at how Arcadia is being presented to the Chinese audience. And would you believe that Arcadia's reputation with CarbonatedTV's specially targeted audience is that of an extraordinarily glamorous, and even salacious, place? Specifically, a wild and racy city where middle-aged Chinese billionaires stash their young and pampered mistresses for future sexual assignations?
The article accompanying this video is called "This City In California Is Known As The 'Chinese Beverly Hills' - It’s also known as the “Mistress City” of California," and it can be accessed in its original setting here. Or you can simply read what I've cut and pasted below. Much quicker.
Most of the property in Arcadia, California, is being snapped up by Asian – mostly Chinese – millionaires and billionaires. The city is now popularly known as the “Chinese Beverly Hills.”
“Prices in Arcadia are up more than 39 percent from their peak in 2007 before the housing downturn. The city, now 60 percent Asian, has become more expensive than Calabasas, the suburban enclave that is home to Justin Bieber and the Kardashians,” the LA Times reports.
“In the last year alone, more than 90 houses have sold for more than $2.5 million in Arcadia, a city of 56,000 that sits just east of Pasadena at the base of the San Gabriel Mountain.”
In fact, for buyers from mainland China, Arcadia offers excellent schools, large lots with lenient building codes, and a place to park their money beyond the reach of the Chinese government.
But it’s not all that the city offers. According to a report by Vocativ, Arcadia is also known as the “Mistress City” of California.
“Most of the houses are rented out for people who have girlfriends,” stated realtor Peggy Fong Chen in an interview, implying that rich men lease mansions for “housing their mistresses.”
Now that is certainly quite different from what we've been reading elsewhere. The impression many of us had from reading the Los Angeles Times and other gwai lo news sources is that millionaire Chinese families are building their homes in Arcadia in order to raise their children in an open society that is both free and filled with opportunity. With the chances of being stood up against the wall and shot by guys in green hats with red stars decidedly less than back home.
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In other words, my friends, Arcadia has in many ways become the Shame of the West. A hedonistic sexual playground for lascivious cheating Chinese billionaires who want to let it all hang out a long ways from home.
Now what happens in Arcadia stays in Arcadia, I suppose. Or at least I hope it does. But since this is a Sierra Madre blog, we do need to examine the possible ramifications for our small but at risk place in the warm California sun. So here are some questions:
- Is this what CETT has in mind for One Carter? Building a series of McMansions created to become sexy man billionaire pleasure palaces and hillside cheating chateaus? Is there a planning ordinance that covers this? Anything in the updated General Plan? A "Love Zone" perhaps?
- If all three of the proposed McMansion developments (One Carter, Mater Dolorosa, Stone House) happen here, will they become a kind of Archipelago of the Concubines? Will Carter and Grandview Avenues need to be specially repaved to accommodate speeding Lambos heading from party to party?
- What would the Good Fathers at Mater Dolorosa say if their once holy lands were to become (and I am channeling an Irish priest who played a passing role during my troubled youth), "a charnel house for 'hoors?"
We have so very much to talk about.