San Fernando Valley (colloquially known as “The Valley” by Angelenos) is an urbanized valley located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area of southern California, defined by the dramatic mountains of the Transverse Ranges circling it. Home to 1.76 million people, it lies north of the larger and more populous Los Angeles Basin. More than half of the land area of the city of Los Angeles lies within the San Fernando valley. The other incorporated cities in the valley are Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando, Hidden Hills, and Calabasas. The Valley is home to numerous companies, the most well-known of which are involved in motion pictures, music recording, and television production. The former movie ranches were branches of original studios now consisting of CBS Studio Center, NBCUniversal, The Walt Disney Company (and its ABC television network, and Warner Bros.
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Page 30: “If you wanted to paint your house sky-blue or Provencal-pink with lime-green shutters, you were perfectly welcome to move into the San Fernando Valley or to Santa Monica or anywhere else you chose, but if you bought into Arroyo Blanco Estates, your house would be white and your roof orange.”
Page 39: “That’s why they’d abandoned the flatlands of the Valley and the hills of the Westside to live up here, outside the city limits, in the midst of all this scenic splendor.”
Page 63: “To the north and east lay the San Fernando Valley, a single endless plane of parallel boulevards, houses, mini-malls and streetlights, and to the south lay the rest of Los Angeles, ad infinitum.”