The San Fernando Valley, affectionately known as The Valley, does not enjoy the same hip reputation as greater Los Angeles and Hollywood, as evidenced in the movie, “Valley Girl”. Art does not imitate life in the eighties movie, in which the main character is a shallow representation of girls raised in the San Fernando Valley and unfortunately, is a misrepresentation and characterization that stuck.
Compared to bustling, happening, Los Angeles and Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley offers a more peaceful alternative. But, the Valley has its own unique bustle. Sure, it is not downtown LA or Hollywood, but the three major network studios are situated in the San Fernando Valley. Disney, and Warner Brothers studios are also major components of the Valley scene.
The San Fernando Valley is a contradiction of sorts. It has been characterized as the porn capital of the world, but it is also dotted with Los Angeles’ suburban communities, which are separated from coastal Los Angeles by the Santa Monica Mountains and bordered by the Santa Susana and San Gabriel Mountains as well. Some of the cities within the Valley are, San Fernando, Calabassas and Burbank.
There are neighborhoods within the San Fernando Valley, which are actually within the Los Angeles city limits. You may recognize a few of the communities: Canoga Park, Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys and Woodland Hills are a handful of Valley communities that are technically part of Los Angeles. The cities and neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley have a combined population of more than two million people.
There is a lot to do in the Valley and some of the activities are free to the public.
- Tarzana Safari Walk is named for Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan. The walk is part of the Business Improvement District and is a pleasant journey of shade trees along Ventura Blvd.
- Los Encinos State Historic Park is a five-acre park located at the corner of Ventura and Balboa Boulevards. There is a natural spring in the park, which was home to the ancestors of the Gabrielino. Fernandano or Tongva Indian tribe.
- The Studio City Walk of Fame commemorates the history of the television/motion picture studio that has been in existence since the twenties. The stroll is marked by three hundred sidewalk stones, with the embedded names of films and television shows that were produced at Studio City.
- Metro Orange Line Art Tour is a unique, if not unusual series of art projects that are featured by the Metro Line. The Metro transports one million passengers daily, who are privileged to enjoy live poetry readings while waiting on busses and art displays at ticket centers and along the fourteen- mile Orange line route.