Burbank

Burbank


Burbank is an incorporated city in the San Fernando Valley and is home to more than 100,000 people. It encompasses two areas, a downtown, civic center and residential neighborhoods that dot the slopes and foothills of the Verdugo Mountains. It is often referred to as the “Media Capital of the World,” as there are many entertainment companies head-quartered in Burbank. It’s named after a New Hampshire born entrepreneur and dentist, Dr. David Burbank, who first purchased over 10,000 acres in the area in 1867.

Burbank was formally incorporated as a city on July 8, 1911 following steady growth throughout the late 1800’s. The development of the Burbank airport in the 1930’s brought the aircraft industry to the area. Manufacturing also plays an important part in the history of the city, though the area is mostly noted for the entertainment business. Burbank is home to a number of major film and television studios, including Disney, Warner Brothers and NBC. Hundreds of films have been shot in Burbank, with Casablanca being perhaps the most famous of them all.

There are some legendary spots in Burbank, including the Bob’s Big Boy Restaurant on Riverside Drive, which was established in 1949 and is the oldest remaining Bob’s in America. Burbank is also home to The Los Angeles Equestrian Center and the Burbank Philharmonic Opera, giving residents and visitors plenty of entertainment options. The downtown area provides a plethora of dining and entertainment activities for the whole family, from movies to shopping and from fast food to fine dining. The most famous neighborhoods in Burbank fall into what is known as the Rancho Equestrian District, where neighborhood zoning actually allows residents to keep horses in their backyards. There are very few multi-family or apartment style homes in the area, making it extremely residential in appearance. Burbank also has a large and well-appointed hospital, the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. It was one of the largest hospitals located in the San Fernando Valley.




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