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Old 03-12-2019, 05:31 PM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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Torrance is so so, but the beach cities are spotless as well with beautiful downtown and streets. Even playa Vista is nice as well with very few homeless and it's in LA city limits.
What I found interesting about Glendale is that the downtown area, where they have 10-20 story office buildings, was clean, unlike anything I see in the L.A. area. If you transplanted that area into L.A., in almost no time there'd be graffiti and tent villages, and eventually the sidewalks and roads would fall into massive disrepair.
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Old 03-12-2019, 05:47 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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What I found interesting about Glendale is that the downtown area, where they have 10-20 story office buildings, was clean, unlike anything I see in the L.A. area. If you transplanted that area into L.A., in almost no time there'd be graffiti and tent villages, and eventually the sidewalks and roads would fall into massive disrepair.
Actually Century City has many hi-rises, and is very clean as well. I've never seen any homeless in Century City either.
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Old 03-12-2019, 06:09 PM
 
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Actually Century City has many hi-rises, and is very clean as well. I've never seen any homeless in Century City either.
Because capitalist created wealth is amazing.
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:54 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Because capitalist created wealth is amazing.
When it's all inclusive yes it is.
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Old 03-12-2019, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I like all of Glendale.


To see where and how the "money" people live,just take any side street off of Glenoaks, toward the foothills.


Really nice homes, and neighborhoods.
The closer to the foothills, the nicer the homes.



Glendale is by no means a small city.
It stretches from La Cresenta to Pasadena, then south to Los Angeles.




Bob.
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Old 04-08-2019, 01:50 PM
 
Location: State of Washington (2016)
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I lived in Glendale for a decade before transferring to our Seattle office and I loved living there. I did send my daughter to high school in Burbank though. Glendale has one of the worst driving records in the nation and has been nicknamed "home of the hit and run." It was getting overcrowded and half of the business and residential high rises in the downtown area remained half empty. Glendale has the most Armenians outside of Armenia so the city really caters to their needs more than any other group. However, all sorts of people live in Glendale and get along very well.

There were pros and cons to living there just as there are for any American city. I enjoyed my time there and I always felt very safe walking around my neighborhood at very late hours of the night (of course, I did have 2 sizeable dogs).
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Old 04-08-2019, 02:07 PM
 
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I remember about 2009, when Mervyns and Tower Records were vacant. There were a lot of empty spaces downtown, and the weird 3rd floor wing of the mall was pretty empty too. You could enter the parking garage and find a spot in that area even in the middle of a Saturday. The Americana draws a lot of people and eventually everything filled back up again. And you are correct the Armenian driving skills are quite troublesome for the city, perhaps its worst trait.
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Old 04-08-2019, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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It's 70% Hispanic no matter where you live in LA. Yes Glendale is legendary as a nice suburb. Why can't you live there, it's less than downtown! I'm hoping to visit thre soon. Since I'm semi retired, I'm going to base out of Nashville and just travel. I decided agaist moving anywhere. I really dont want to own. Renting a room and bathroom for a few eeeks in a place like Glendale is enough.

You can live almost anywhere if you are WILLING TO GIVE UP YOUR STUFF. If you are dependant on a house full of possessions moving will alwasy be harder. I am in the process of getting rid of as much as I can, everything but the house itself and the VERY basics. Then I dont even have to worry about being robbed of anything short of them taking applances and copper pipping.

Hailey Seinfeld grew up in Glendale and her family still lives there.
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Old 04-15-2019, 03:07 PM
 
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I've got a lot of experience with both Burbank and Glendale, as well as with the Armenian community.


You can't really understand a place like Glendale without understanding Armenians. Most of them take great pride in their appearance and their home, even though their tastes are way off from what native Angelenos usually like. Ed Hardy and True Religion jeans are the order of the day. Craftsman homes are junk while faux-Mediterranean is where it's at.



Armenians take pride in wealth, which is why appearances are everything. Gotta show it off with the designer jeans, the marble columns, the German luxury car.


Drive around the side streets and you'll find little Armenian grandmas sweeping the sidewalks in front of their homes where they live with three generations of relatives. If you're homeless and think you're going to set up camp there with no repercussions, think again.


On the subject of wealth, where it comes from is where things get shady. White collar crime, insurance fraud, social security fraud, bank fraud, credit card skimming... Pretty much any kind of scheme you can think of to make some cash without outright armed robbery.


Obviously not all Armenians are involved in fraudulent activity but there's at most one degree of separation between anyone in the community and someone working a hustle.


Welfare is pretty much a given. If you're not on it it's because you just can't get away with it any more. If you've got some kind of angle that works, you're squeezing out as much from the state as you can get. It leads to some really odd living situations with multiple generations living in some seedy apartment building while driving a fleet of German luxury cars.


So, in short, Glendale is what it is because you've got an old base of conservative, working-class, White professionals who built up a nice city with a good infrastructure and then moved away while Armenians moved in and want to transform it into their own Beverly Hills, but they don't have the wealth to do it outright so they're all working hustles to try to get their bank account caught up with their ambitions.


Burbank is transforming into Glendale but the wave is being held back by the studio/entertainment-industry workers and the burnout children of old aerospace workers whose homes the children have now inherited. Both groups are very liberal, which is why Burbank has more issues with homelessness and crime.
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Glendale indeed is a wonderful city! I used to work for the City of Glendale, and won't give specifics, but yes... Glendale is that type of city that if you know a council member then you'll get your stuff done, if not, then no. I think this is good and bad, depending who you're asking.

But Glendale has a REALLLY big problem with parking and speeding. I worked in the PW department and got to answer many residents calls about speeding... and there is really so little that can be done... speed humps? most streets don't qualify for them.

Parking is another big issue in Glendale. If you take a drive in the downtown area, you'll see that most are multi-family houses with limited parking inside the property. Most people spill over to street parking.

Yet, Glendale aesthetically is very appealing. The building and safety department has strong codes and permits that i think has helped the city maintain itself very kept.

Would i live there? Absolutely NOT.
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