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Since I live in the San Fernando Valley in Van Nuys, I've been wondering what the valley would look like in the next 20 or 30 years into the future.

It's hard to imagine what the area will look like in the future since there is not that very much urban development in the San Fernando Valley, especially in Van Nuys and Panorama City, and the hispanic population is rapidly growing since it will be like a Latin American city.

At least we are going to have a light rail line along Van Nuys Blvd and converting the Orange Line to light rail, and a high speed rail line through the cities of San Fernando and Burbank, in which are the only possible changes to the valley in the future.

Will there be more urban development in the valley in the future?

Will there be another secession of the San Fernando Valley from the city of LA in the future like, Burbank or San Fernando annexing their city limits to the whole valley or becoming it's own incorporated city?

When the valley secedes again from LA in the future, will the electricity provider, Southern California Edison have a new electric service area to the whole San Fernando Valley in the future?

Will the city of Burbank have a rapidly growing Asian population in the future?

Will the valley have more light rail lines in the future than Van Nuys Blvd. light rail and Orange Line light rail?

When will the valley ever have good quality of life in the future?

I don't know what the San Fernando Valley will be like in the next 20 or 30 years, but those are my predicted questions of what the valley will be like in the future. Maybe, I would like to see photoshopped images of the San Fernando Valley of the future.
 

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There's not going to be any drastic changes like there will be south of SFV.

Definitely more Spanish-speakers by percentage over all other populations. As for a growing Asian population... The largest growth is to the east and south east of East L.A.. Burbank might gain numbers, but not percentages compared to Spanish-speaking populations.

Any secession attempts will fail for the next 50+ years. Nobody is really asking about it and there really is no point to it at this time. Growth and development is good and steady for SFV overall.

There is more rail planned for SFV within the next 25 years. These include the Red Line extension to Burbank Airport, a separate line along the 405 corridor to link Van Nuys Blvd to LAX, Orange line (as rail) continuing east and south (to Burbank, Glendale, Union Station, Alameda, and eventually Santa Ana), and Glendale will have 2 lines down Brand that split at Echo Park (one continuing Alvarado and the other continuing Sunset, Union Station, Alameda, South Central, and LAX). Also, consider that the rest of Metro Rail will have more lines and connections as well, so it is easier for anyone from SFV to access other places like WeHo via Crenshaw line in Hollywood, and Santa Monica via Purple and Expo lines.

As for quality of life: We've all seen it improve from year to year. Not worried at all.
 

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This is a good set of questions. My thinking is that the valley is home to tomorrow's affordable housing in the vast stretches of aging single family homes built in the 1940-70s. The city is already talking about easing the restrictions on multi-family occupancy of the traditional single family plot. Expect to see a lot of them become boarding houses or shared with occupants in converted garages and cheaply built add-ons. This is the normal course of housing stock and with attention being diverted to a more urban future and TOD this older stock becomes fodder for cheaper reuse before it completely ages out to be replaced by higher density. In the near term distance from transit will be translatable to rental rates and the poor will be relegated to longer commutes and more bus rides. I am not approving, just reading the tea leaves. Expect new and higher density development around train routes and along the major boulevards closer to the Hollywood and Santa Monica Mountains, especially around Universal and North Hollywood where the current end of the redline is. I don't expect to see the Orange Line converted in my life time. I'm 58.
 

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The Valley's future is not particularly bright because of lack of community leadership and vision. The Valley is like an aged and faded movie star who still longs for the days of her pin up glory years. She eschews roles that are offered to her as someone's mother or worse in her eyes grandmother. But that's who she is now, an older person but (unfortunately for her) not mentally astute enough to comprehend that there is life in those roles as well and a life after "life".

The Valley has held on to some sort of post WWII archetype of a cadre of stuccoed boxes sitting side by side over the horizon for so long that the rest of LA has quietly passed it by. The secession tantrums and "hate-for-light-rail-love-for-heavy-rail-only-if-it's-surface-light-rail" has become tiresome and no one cares about what's over the hill anymore, except for the Noho Arts District, and Studio City.

Recently watching The Graduate(first time ever!) and Dustin Hoffman's very middle class white mother speaking of Tarzana as if it were Pacific Palisades, made me feel strangely violated and in bizarro world. Middle class white people in Tarzana?? I felt like I was being finger-raped by a goat.
 

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The Valley's future is not particularly bright because of lack of community leadership and vision. The Valley is like an aged and faded movie star who still longs for the days of her pin up glory years. She eschews roles that are offered to her as someone's mother or worse in her eyes grandmother. But that's who she is now, an older person but (unfortunately for her) not mentally astute enough to comprehend that there is life in those roles as well and a life after "life".

The Valley has held on to some sort of post WWII archetype of a cadre of stuccoed boxes sitting side by side over the horizon for so long that the rest of LA has quietly passed it by. The secession tantrums and "hate-for-light-rail-love-for-heavy-rail-only-if-it's-surface-light-rail" has become tiresome and no one cares about what's over the hill anymore, except for the Noho Arts District, and Studio City.

Recently watching The Graduate(first time ever!) and Dustin Hoffman's very middle class white mother speaking of Tarzana as if it were Pacific Palisades, made me feel strangely violated and in bizarro world. Middle class white people in Tarzana?? I felt like I was being finger-raped by a goat.
Your provincialism is beyond stunning. It reminds me of the way that SF people talk about LA.

Tarzana has lovely neighborhoods and I would highly recommend it as a place to live and raise kids. And if you know the back routes it's 15 minutes to Westwood or SaMo at a fraction of the price.
 

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Has anyone heard of the Universal development status. They are about to start the elevated bridge over Lankershim at the entrance to Universal. In addition 2 new hotel have been approved.
 

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Has anyone heard of the Universal development status. They are about to start the elevated bridge over Lankershim at the entrance to Universal. In addition 2 new hotel have been approved.
yes they are currently building parking structures, getting ready for construction of 1 hotel, and are currently building the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Fast and the Furious studio tour attraction, and Springfield all inside the theme park. plus numerous studio buildings and office.
 

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yes they are currently building parking structures, getting ready for construction of 1 hotel, and are currently building the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Fast and the Furious studio tour attraction, and Springfield all inside the theme park. plus numerous studio buildings and office.
Do you know if the hotel will be where the other hotels are located. Or in another area.
 

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i always wonder this too. i've lived here since 92 in various neighborhoods and i dont understand why there arent more businesses or a central area of hangout/bars/restaurant/activity centers dont exist. There has to be 1-2 mil population in this area and a good wealthy people as well, especially along the mountains. People here often venture out to other places to hang out and it causes traffic on fwy all the time. if there were more spots where people could go, it would help people stay more local.

one place with a positive future looks to be woodland hills. lots of new developments i see in residential and businesses. there is a row of car dealerships by ventura and canoga and the topanga mall is nice, they are building that other huge area that will look like the grove and connect it to the other smaller mall and the warner center business area. im hoping this picks the valley up and if it turns out to what i envision, it would be better than hangin out at the boring santa monica 3rd street or hollywood that is for tourists.


i hope the talks about RAILS or high speed train instead of the bus lines is true. orange line should be a train and move faster. the bus is good but takes a while cuz you're still driving and stopping at lights. this needs to happen ASAP cuz everyday some kid is getting their drivers license and driving. the traffic will be NUTS in 20 yrs if we dont find an alternate method of transportation. this should be #1 for san fernando valley
 

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Rows of car dealerships and hopes for rail don't mix.

"The Valley" is being left behind, we all know that on this forum while yet becoming the most ethnically diverse place in the County. Past mistakes (Orange Line), a mentality of incohesiveness as well as being an outsider is debilitating this area. The fact that South LA is gaining the Crenshaw Line because of the unified work between advocates, council members and a county supervisor is a blueprint for if anything the eastern edge of the SFV. Though a bountiful amount of hope resides in Noho where specifically the Arts District is buoyed by its good bones of a pre-WWII street grid. A large portion of the remaining Valley suffers from the urban layout of the suburban movement in its infancy.

I believe barring some arrival of a transformative figure, the SFV will continue to slip behind the rest of Los Angeles as a desirable place to live, work and play inclusively.
 
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I believe what you say, KLAMS.
The Valley does need someone or something to
encourage it to change what it is right now.
A rudderless suburban mess.
I can see it getting worse before it gets better,
with the usual developments moving in from
the West, South and East like a wave.
Over the next 40 years or so.
 

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I can see SFV getting better for people who are already there (if born and raised). But yes, it's almost always a downgrade for people to move there from anywhere else in the metropolitan area.
 

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Bright future for the Valley

Most of you on here like Klams have no idea what's going on in the Valley? You don't live here and seem to be very clueless on what's going on, so I just had to comment on here to let you know that "The Valley" is certainly not behind the rest of Los Angeles, and is just as desirable. @Klams you sound as if you live in Manhattan, you don't. You live in a glorified ghetto that's in the midst of a gentrification so you should be the first one not to bash anyone's neighborhood.
The Valley is growing up big time, it's continue to see some of the highest population growth in the city, Warner Center 2035 plan is now in effect which will include 20,000 new residential units and over 15 million square feet of new commercial space. Warner Center is striving to become the top retail destination with The Village at Topanga set to open in the Fall. Warner Center has so much new construction in the near future that' it'll be transformed to one of the top Urban centers in the city.
NoHo also have tons of new construction projects underway, one of them being the NoHo Art Wave which will be the most expensive Metro TOD in LA.
Hundred's of new apartments planned for the NoHo area.
Glendale is also having a renaissance if you say, thousand's of new units planned for the area, Movie Studios in the Valley all have huge construction projects on the way.
Northridge is seeing lots of growth with new apartments and Live+Campus.
Burbank is developing the largest ikea in the country which would definitely be a destination.
Studio City/Sherman Oaks has become the hottest dining area in the city, with restaurants opening like The Gadarene Swine, The Woodman, Tipple & Brine, Barrel & Ashes, Granville, The One Up, and plenty of others.
Van Nuys will see plenty of High-Density developments once the Van Nuys line be constructed. I too see a similar skyline of Phoenix for Van Nuys Future being the East Valley city center.
Pacoima and Panorama City are also prepping for a gentrification as both are some of the highest density areas of the Valley And very walkable.

The Valley future hasn't looked any brighter than it does right now, and all the negative comments comes from pure ignorance and hate.
The Valley still is the most populated region in the city and will always be desirable for years to come.
 

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Yeah, KLAMS. ^^
The Valley was the epicenter of Americana
back in the early eighties and I don't see why
it can't be great again.
 

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The Valley is actually around 40-45% of the city's population at best and still has a very low population density by comparison.

The developments in SFV are nice, but again by comparison, the rest of the city is progressing along with much more news or already has a lot going on already.

I don't really think anyone is hating. It really comes across as much more factual than bias.
 
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