Panorama City, Los Angeles
|Neighborhood of Los Angeles|
Panorama City is a neighborhood in the City of Los Angeles, California, within the San Fernando Valley. It has a high population density with a generally young age range. Ethnically, it is considered "moderately diverse." More than half the population was born abroad, a higher percentage than Los Angeles City. Known as the Valley's first planned community, today it is a mixture of single-family homes and low-rise apartment buildings. Some notable people have lived in the neighborhood or have been connected with it. The community is represented by a neighborhood council.
Panorama City has three high schools among its dozen educational establishments. It has two recreational centers and a senior center.
The 2010 U.S. census counted 69,817 residents in the city’s 91402 zip code. The median age was 30.1, and the median yearly household income at that time was USD$41,467.
In 2008, the Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A. project described Panorama City as an area that was "moderately diverse" ethnically, with a high percentage of Latinos. At that time, the breakdown was Latinos, 70.1%; whites, 11.5%; Asians, 11.9%; blacks, 4.3%; and others, 2.2%. Mexico (52.1%) and El Salvador (13.4%) were the most common places of birth for the 55.0% of the residents who were born outside of the United States--a high percentage for Los Angeles.
As of the 2010 census, renters were occupying 64.8% of the housing stock, while owners held 35.2%.
There were 2,849 families headed by single parents. The rate of 20.2% was considered to be a high one. There were 1,837 veterans, or 4.3% of the population, a low percentage compared to the rest of the city and county.
Relation of Panorama City to nearby places, not necessarily contiguous:
||Granada Hills||Mission Hills & San Fernando||Arleta, Pacoima & Hansen Dam|
|North Hills & Northridge||Sun Valley|
|Van Nuys & Sepulveda Dam||Van Nuys||Valley Glen & North Hollywood|
Panorama City is known as the San Fernando Valley's first planned community. In 1948, it was developed as such by residential developer Fritz B. Burns and industrialist Henry J. Kaiser. Burns, seeing the tremendous potential fortune that could be made when the GIs came home to start families, teamed up with Henry J. Kaiser in 1945 to form Kaiser Community Homes. The vast majority of the houses were bought with loans issued by the FHA or the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the GI Bill. Homes sold in the area were done so with racially discriminatory covenants. A "Conditions, Covenants, Restrictions" document filed with the county recorder declared that no Panorama City lot could be "used or occupied by any person whose blood is not entirely that of the white or Caucasian race."
Integration followed the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977. The CRA insured credit was provided to the entire community without regards to race or income, causing white flight as with many other areas of the San Fernando Valley.
In it's history, Panorama City once included General Motors' largest assembly plant to date, as well as a Schlitz brewery which in 1999 was acquired by The Pabst Brewing Company. Today, the General Motors Corporation assembly plant has been replaced with a large commercial center named The Plant, that includes stores and restaurants such as Regency Theatres, Ross, Babies "R" Us, The Home Depot, Hometown Buffet, In-N-Out Burger, Starbucks Coffee and others.
Though for the most part, the community remains a mixture of small single-family homes and low-rise apartment buildings.
Government and infrastructure
The Panorama City Neighborhood Council Is a City Agency formed by volunteer Elected Officials and appointed officials The purpose of the Panorama City Neighborhood Council is to provide an inclusive open forum for public discussion, and to serve as an advisory body on issues of concern to the Panorama City area and in the governance of the City of Los Angeles. The Council gained its official city role upon certification by the Board Of Neighborhood Commissioners on March 15, 2007. The Panorama City Neighborhood Council is located at 14500 Roscoe Blvd. Suite 425 for more information please visit www.panoramacitync.org
The Social Security Office is located at 14500 Roscoe Blvd. 2nd. Floor
Thirteen percent of North Hollywood residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, an average percentage for both the city and the county. The percentage of the same-age residents with less than a high school diploma was high for the county.
Schools within the Panorama City boundaries are:
- Panorama High School, 8015 Van Nuys Blvd.
- Liggett Street Elementary School, 9373 Moonbeam Avenue
- Primary Academy for Success, elementary, 9075 Willis Avenue
- Valor Academy Charter, middle, 8755 Woodman Avenue
- Panorama City Elementary School, 8600 Kester Avenue
- Chase Street Elementary School, 14041 Chase Street
- Vista Middle School, 15040 Roscoe Boulevard
- Burton Street Elementary School, 8111 Calhoun Avenue
- Cal Burke High School, continuation, 14630 Lanark Street
- Ranchito Avenue Elementary School, 7940 Ranchito Avenue
- St. Genevieve Elementary School, 14024 Community Street
- St. Genevieve High School, 13967 Roscoe Boulevard
Parks and recreation
- The Panorama Recreation Center is in the community. The center, which also functions as a Los Angeles Police Department drop-in facility, has an auditorium, a lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a community room, an indoor gymnasium, picnic tables, and unlit tennis courts.
- The Sepulveda Recreation Center is located in Panorama City. The center has two indoor gymnasiums, both of which can be used as auditoriums. The center also has a lighted baseball diamond, lighted indoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a community room, and lighted tennis courts. The Sepulveda Pool is an outdoor unheated seasonal pool in the Sepulveda center.
- The Mid-Valley Senior Citizen Center is in Panorama City. The center has an auditorium, a kitchen, and a stage. The building was originally a convalescent home. As of July 2000 the former convalescent home was being converted into the senior center.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Panorama City, Los Angeles.|
- Pacoima/Panorama City - CRA/LA
- Los Angeles Times, Real Estate section, Neighborly Advice column: "[Panorama City:] It's not about the past; it's about potential" (Apr 25, 2004)
-  Panorama City crime map and statistics