From 'Podunkville' To Mixed Use

Burbank, California -- once the butt of late-night TV jokes -- is on the verge of becoming a thriving transit-oriented mixed use community.

April 5, 2005, 7:00 AM PDT

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight

"For decades 'beautiful downtown Burbank,'... was a sleepy bedroom community on the other side of the hills from Hollywood and a world away from the show-biz glitz... [T]he city retained a decidedly suburban, working-class feel.

But over the last decade or so, the once dominant aerospace economy has faded, and more entertainment industry jobs have moved in.

...Now the city is trying to create more urban-style high-rise condos downtown and in the Media district around the Disney and Warner Bros. studios. On residential streets, homeowners are tearing down modest ranchers and replacing them with much larger houses."

Thanks to Chris Steins

Monday, April 4, 2005 in The Los Angeles Times

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