I spent 10 years of my working life commuting from South Pas to the West Side. Grim and expensive. Then I spent 9 years working from home. Lonely and full of distractions. I recently was introduced to the concept of coworking spaces. If you're not familiar, it's a space for people like me who work independently, don't want to commute far, can't afford their own office, and love being around people! The space is set up with workstations, a couple of private offices, a conference room and internet access....then whatever other amenities it chooses to provide. People can rent a station, office, conference room time - by the day, week, month, whatever.
There are examples around LA you can look into....and LOTS of examples in Northern California (and Tokyo for that matter...good things get around). If you're interested, surf around. One article: http://www.inc.com/ss/christina-desmarais/16-cool-coworking-spaces.html#1.
I think coworking in South Pasadena would be HEAVEN. Think of it...our own little eclectic working community in our own little eclectic town. I have a space in mind, but no capital to speak of and NO IDEA whether I'm the only one interested.