We should secede. Being #3 isn't bad, I think even if we seceded, our population would eventually overtake Chicago's anyway. When I pass through Porter Ranch and those areas (especially the west valley), I can't believe it's still the city of LA. Let them govern themselves, they'll have a vast network of orange line type buses, while we can vote to build a subway system! And I hope we don't incorporate Vernon, a city with 100 residents.
Here's a stat from a thread about a year ago:
If the Valley were to secede, LA's population would be 2,527,327 with a density of 10,417 per sq mi. And according to Wiki, Chi-town's population is
Yeah we would almost immediately over take Chicago with its current rate of losing 200,000 residents in the past 10 years. The Valley or its new name The Walls Of Anus would clock in at #4 or 5. SECEDE!!!
I think the Valley's strength lies in it its diversity. Alot of people have really outdated views of it, thinking it's like Leave it To Beaver or the Brady Bunch but it's not so different from the Basin in regards to it's well integrated ethnic working class neighborhoods. Since most of the architecture was built in the 1950s and 60s and was built cheaply and quickly, the lack of variety probably dissuades people from looking closer at what is actually within the buildings.
check out this blog entry about a walk along Sherman Way in Reseda.
I agree. I don't think there's a possible secession for the valley, because the city of Los Angeles has recently installed their cell phone tower street light poles in some parts of the valley. LADWP has put up more metal power poles in some parts of the valley. Also, urban development in the San Fernando Valley will officially begin in 2017, starting with North Hollywood and Panorama City.
With that stuff happening, I don't think the San Fernando Valley will ever secede in the future.
The area is becoming just as pricey to live in as the rest of the city, so it's understandable if development slows down.
Plus, there's so much in development taking up the headlines between downtown, k-town, Hollywood, and the ports... People are gonna skim over all the articles about 4-7 story developments elsewhere, unless it's TOD or transit itself.
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