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“Think Before You Act”

Terry Shaw on the steps of the Costa Mesa Historical Society Museum in Orange County, California

Photo: Brandy Young

“My parents moved to Costa Mesa in 1949, so I guess you could say I’m a long-term resident. I live in the downtown area, just a block and a half from Triangle Square.

“I’ve seen Costa Mesa change a lot throughout my lifetime. There aren’t very many vacant lots anymore. You see a lot of stuff getting torn down and what’s being built in its place is usually much denser. For people who’ve been here their whole lives, it’s a sad thing to see happen. But that’s just the way things are nowadays.

“While I’m not thrilled about some of the denser projects, I can’t really blame people for wanting to live here. Costa Mesa is a stone’s throw away from the beach. You’re close to Disneyland and the mountains are only a couple hour’s drive. We’ve got a lot of infrastructure, great parks and the wonderful, cultural hub of South Coast Plaza right across the street from Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

“Costa Mesa is a great place to live and I know the younger generations just want to make their mark. But if I were to give one piece of advice, it would be to think. Think before you act. Think first, long and hard, before you get rid of something. Because you can’t so easily replace the history of a place once it’s gone for good.”

– Terry Shaw, V.P. of Programs, Costa Mesa Historical Society

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Hearts of Costa Mesa

Hearts of Costa Mesa is a curated journey through the rich diversity of Costa Mesa life. We’ll be sharing vignettes and stories through the reflections of Costa Mesa’s residents and regulars. This is an ongoing project, a tapestry we’ll continue to weave over time. Please contact us through the website if you’d like to participate. Read all the Hearts of Costa Mesa vignettes here.

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