Valley Village, Los Angeles

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Coordinates: 34°09′54″N 118°23′47″W / 34.16488°N 118.39650°W / 34.16488; -118.39650

Valley Village
Neighborhood of Los Angeles
Valley Village is located in San Fernando Valley
Valley Village
Valley Village
Location within Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley
Coordinates: 34°09′54″N 118°23′47″W / 34.16488°N 118.39650°W / 34.16488; -118.39650
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
City Los Angeles
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 91607
Valley Village Park

Valley Village is a district in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. The median age of its population, at 36, is "old for the city of Los Angeles." and its average household size of two people is low, compared to other parts of the city.[1]

Geography[edit]

The 2.09-square-mile Valley Village lies north of Studio City, east of Sherman Oaks, and south/west of North Hollywood. It is bordered by the Ventura Freeway to the south, the Hollywood Freeway to the east, the Tujunga Wash to the west and Burbank Boulevard to the north.[2] The district contains parts of the 91601 and 91607 ZIP code areas.[citation needed]

Rental units account for 68.7% of the occupied housing units, while ownership amounts to 31.3%.[1]

History[edit]

The community of Valley Village was formed in 1939 and was originally part of North Hollywood. A secession drive was established in 1991 to officially secede from North Hollywood, part of a precedent that swept through the San Fernando Valley beginning in the 1980s; urban blight was the main cause for many neighborhoods.[3] Secession leaders stated that the move "was more than an attempt to boost property values, and it had nothing to do with ethnic demographics. It was one economic level seeking to have its own identity."[4] Residents also cited historical precedent for the change in that the original 1939 articles of incorporation cited the name and inspired the Valley Village post office on Magnolia Boulevard.[5] Valley Village was officially recognized as a separate community by the Los Angeles City Council in 1991.[6]

Neighborhood Council[edit]

The interests of the residents of Valley Village are represented by a citizen board known as the Neighborhood Council Valley Village (NCVV), which functions as a conduit or bridge between City Hall and Valley Village. Neighborhood Council Valley Village consists of 15 board members elected by the stakeholders. In order to give a voice to every segment of the community, the board is elected from qualified representatives as follows: Three residential homeowners, three residential renters, three business owners/representatives, one educational community, one faith-based community, one community-based senior organization, one community-based service organization, one community-based cultural organization and one at-large representative.[7]

Education[edit]

Residents of the neighborhood attend school in the Los Angeles Unified School District.[8] Some residents are zoned to Colfax Elementary School, Burbank Elementary School (Valley Village), or Riverside Elementary School (in Sherman Oaks). Some residents are zoned to Walter Reed Middle School (in Studio City) or Millikan Middle School (in Sherman Oaks). For high school, Valley Village residents attend either North Hollywood High School (in Valley Village) or Grant High School (in Valley Glen).[9]

The high school campus of Oakwood School, a private school, is in Valley Village.[10]

Population[edit]

As of 2008, there were a reported 25,665 people. 66.7% White, 18.9% Hispanic/Latino, 5.5% Black, 4.4% Asian, and 4.4% of Any other race.[1]

The Los Angeles Times's "Mapping L.A." project supplied these Valley Village neighborhood statistics. As of 2008, population: 25,665; median household income: $55,470.[1]

The percentages of divorced men and women, divorced women and widowed women are among the county's highs. The percentage of white people, at 66.7%, is high for the county. Other ethnicities are Latino, 18.9%; black, 5.5%; Asian, 4.4%; and other, 4.4%.[1]

Parks and Recreation[edit]

The North Hollywood Recreation Center is mostly in North Hollywood, with a portion in Valley Village.[11] The park has an auditorium, lighted indoor baseball diamond courts, lighted outdoor baseball diamonds, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, lighted handball courts, picnic tables, an outdoor unheated seasonal pool, and lighted tennis courts. In addition the center has an indoor gymnasium which can be used as a second auditorium and a community room; the gymnasium's capacity is 250 people.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Valley Village". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Valley Village Specific Plan". Retrieved 02/04/2014. 
  3. ^ Galpirin, Ron (6 November 1994). "What's in a Name? : Residents work to change community names in effort to improve image, distance themselves from troubled areas". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles Times). Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Quinn, James. "Most Profound Changes Sweep N. Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 02/04/2014. 
  5. ^ "Comments Page 9". Los Angeles Times. 2009-02-19. 
  6. ^ Wedner, Diane (29 January 2006). "Village locals say it's a slice of the sweet life". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles Times). Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bylaws For Neighborhood Council Valley Village". City of Los Angeles. Retrieved 02/04/2014. 
  8. ^ LA Real Estate Guide[dead link]
  9. ^ "Resident School Identifier". Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Contact Us." Oakwood School. Retrieved on September 21, 2009.
  11. ^ a b "North Hollywood Recreation Center." City of Los Angeles. Retrieved on March 19, 2010.

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