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North Hollywood, California
Despite its name, North Hollywood, which is located in the eastern San Fernando Valley, is not really very close to Hollywood itself. There is a mountain range – specifically the Santa Monica Mountains – separating the two areas, not to mention North Hollywood’s neighboring communities to the south and southeast, Studio City, Valley Village, and Toluca Lake. To the southwest is the neighborhood of Sherman Oaks. Due east of North Hollywood, separated by Sunnyslope Avenue, are Van Nuys and, further north, Panorama City. Due north of North Hollywood, beyond the boundary street of Saticoy Street is Sun Valley, and Arleta lies to the northwest. And the city of Burbank is North Hollywood’s neighbor to the East. At the northeastern corner of North Hollywood is Bob Hope Airport, which was once known as Burbank Airport, among other names, though it was never located within the borders of that city.
In the nineteenth century the area went through two names, Toluca and then Lankershim before finally being called North Hollywood. It has been argued that it was given the name it currently bears in 1927 when Hollywood itself became famous. Such an idea seems realistic given that, until fairly recently, North Hollywood itself did not bear many unique or noteworthy features, with the exception of the Bob Hope Airport and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, being largely a largely residential area carved out of what had previously been used as wheat farms and then orchards during the nineteenth century. After the area became part of the city of Los Angeles in 1919, the land was transformed into residences and became a suburb.
Apart from the airport, the second most notable public feature of North Hollywood is actually its most recent. This feature was also deliberately planned and built by real estate developers to transform a part of the Valley – situated at around the southeastern portion of North Hollywood – into a hub of social and economic activity. In a manner similar to other locations throughout the city, the economic investment by owners of businesses and theaters was focused on the area surrounding the North Hollywood station of the Metro Red Line subway station, which opened at the very beginning of the twenty-first century. At the same location is the eastern terminal of the Metro Orange Line busway. As with other areas around transit stations in Los Angeles, the development of large-scale residential and mixed-use complexes was part of the revitalization program. However, what was unique to North Hollywood was the creation of something called the NoHo Arts District. The area already was home to a number of theaters, but with the new development, more and larger ones were added, and old ones have been restored. Now the district is home to about thirty theaters, all within walking distance of the transit hub. Adding to the attractiveness of the performance spaces is a number of cafes, shops, and other amenities to draw in residents and inspire visitors to extend their stays beyond the showtimes.
Not entirely considered part of North Hollywood because it sits in the zone between where Hollywood ends and North Hollywood begins known as Universal City, is a world-renowned entertainment, shopping, and dining complex surrounding a major working movie studio, featuring an amusement park, a large indoor performance space, and a highly-planned pedestrian zone around a large cinema complex, shops and restaurants. Travelers from around the world put this place on their to-do list. The amusement park alone employs hundreds of workers to run the rides, shows, and concessions. Our office serves residents and employees of North Hollywood, NoHo, or Universal City. Employees who work in these communities who feel they have been wrongfully terminated should contact our office for a free consultation.