.

Valley and Laurel Plazas, Part 3: A Tale of Two North Hollywoods

As the NoHo Arts District has risen, the plazas have fallen.

This is Part Three of a video documentary series Laurel Plaza and Valley Plaza. Click here for the other four parts:

Part One

Part Two

Part Four

Part Five

***

For Part Four, which will run on Wednesday, we will take a deeper look at the community redevelopment agency's and the J.H. Snyder Company's involvement at the plazas. And for Part Five, the final installment, which will run Friday, we will take a walking tour of the Valley Plaza with Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian to look forward and talk about what the future may hold for the area, as well as what is being done to help the plazas right now.

Peter V May 31, 2011 at 02:12 PM
17 years of non action by the CRA and city officals typifies a racist behavior against the residents of valley plaza. There are many tax paying people here and unemploymeny is low in this area yet we have no retail outlets, dining or commerce. I truly felt that the CRA will let the area totally collapse then buy it for a low price and develope it.
David Rivers May 31, 2011 at 04:43 PM
What a fascinating piece. I had no idea the NoHo arts area used to be the business hub of North Hollywood in the past. I love those vintage photos of the area.
Jean Jeunet May 31, 2011 at 07:54 PM
It's interesting to see the comparison between NoHo and the Valley Plaza area. I don't think I've ever seen anyone compare the two and now I can't figure out why. Patch, thank you for doing this. You're doing a real service for the community.
Robyn June 01, 2011 at 02:13 AM
Great piece! Thanks so much. How wonderful to learn more about our neighborhood!
LABornAndRaised June 01, 2011 at 06:43 AM
I love NoHo, don't get me wrong, but if Valley Plaza can do a better gateway than NoHo (and that's not saying much), that would be a huge step in the right direction. Valley Plaza has the potential to be the next Empire Center; it just needs to be given the chance. I think I read somewhere that the Empire Center provides Burbank with over 85% of their tax revenue. That's because all the residents from NoHo (including myself) are driving over there with few retail options on this side.
John Arthur Lowe August 22, 2011 at 01:39 AM
Here is my prescription for rejuvenating Valley Plaza: 1.) Build an underpass going under Victory Boulevard to connect the Sears center area to the greater Valley Plaza area. In that area where the Boulevard now runs, put restaurants, cafes and a outdoor playground in that corridor. 2.) Relocate Macy's to the southwest corner of Laurel Canyon @ Victory, as the original Synder plan suggested. 3.) Build a new and expanded Ralph's store located behind the Sears store. 4.) Add a Wal-Mart and a multiplex cinema to draw traffic. 5.) Add lifestyle destinations like a expanded Gold's Gym. 6.) Relocate the Valley Plaza branch of the L.A. Public Library to the Valley Plaza.
Jim Rowe April 12, 2014 at 12:51 AM
... AND NOT A WORD ABOUT THE NAVY RESERVE TRAINING CENTER ON THE SOUTH SIDE-VALLEY PLAZA. WITH A REAL TRAINING SHIP IN THE REAR PARKING LOT!! THOUSANDS OF US "GOBS" WERE TRAINED & GRADUATED THERE. - WORTH A MENTION, AT LEAST ...

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something