Burbank

Burbank

 

Burbank is a city in Los Angeles County located 12 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.  Priding itself as the "Media Capital of the World" and located only a few miles northeast of Hollywood, many media and entertainment companies are headquartered or have significant production facilities in Burbank, including The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and Nickelodeon. The city is also home to Bob Hope Airport.  Burbank is located in two distinct areas, with its downtown, civic center and key neighborhoods nestled on the slopes and foothills that rise to the Verdugo Mountains, and its other areas located in flatlands at the eastern end of the San Fernando Valley.

The city of Burbank occupies land that was originally part of two Spanish and Mexican-era colonial land grants, the 36,400-acre Rancho San Rafael, granted to Jose Maria Verdugo by the Spanish Bourbon government in 1784, and the 4,063-acre Rancho Providencia created in 1821.  By the late 1800's, Burbank and neighboring San Fernando Valley communities became the largest wheat and produce producers in Los Angeles County.  When the area that became Burbank was settled in the 1870s and 1880s, the streets were aligned along what is now Olive Avenue, the road that links to the Cahuenga Pass and downtown Los Angeles. These were largely the roads the Indians and early settlers used to take their produce down to Los Angeles to sell and to buy supplies along the routes.  By the early 1920's and 1930's, Burbank had transitioned from a farming town to become a major hub of aviation and rail travel, and the area's defense industry and industrial manufacturing made the city a major suburb of Los Angeles. The motion picture business arrived in Burbank in 1926 with First National Pictures (which eventually became Warner Brothers), followed by Columbia Pictures and Disney.  NBC moved its network television headquarters to its new location at Olive and Alameda avenues in the early 1950's, and by the  late 1960's many television productions had moved to Burbank.  Today, the Entertainment industry is the city's largest employer and many talent agencies also have offices in Burbank.  Central Casting, the largest supplier of background talent to film and television productions in the world, is located in Burbank.

Burbank has a population of just over a hundred thousand residents who are attracted by the safety and security offered by its own police and fire departments, highly rated schools and world class hospital and medical facilities. Another attractive quality is its small-town feel while located only 10 minutes away by car to the hip clubs and restaurants of Hollywood.  Residents enjoy the music of the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, the Starlight Bowl, fine restaurants, the city's Downtown Burbank Town Center, a burgeoning "Burbank Village" shopping district, and many theaters, parks, and libraries.  The Bob's Big Boy Restaurant in Burbank (est. 1949) is the oldest remaining Bob's Big Boy in America and in 1993 was designated a California Point of Historical Interest.  The city's namesake street, Burbank Boulevard, started getting a makeover in 2007 and the city spent upwards of $10 million to put in palm trees and colorful flowers, a median, new lights, benches and bike racks.