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Old 02-05-2015, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Studio City, CA 91604
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Does anyone know when and why the "White Flight" happened in Sylmar? I grew up here in the early to late 70s and the demographic seemed a lot different than today. I've seen neighborhoods continue to deteriorate with no help from the City of LA. Is there a limit on the number of people who can inhabit a household?
The 1980s, then it really picked up in the 1990s after the Northridge Earthquake. Lots of the whites in Sylmar moved out to places like the Santa Clarita Valley and Antelope Valley.

There was a running joke for awhile that "...the only white people left in Sylmar were the visiting porn stars and producers shooting films"
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Old 03-09-2015, 03:51 PM
 
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Has anyone noticed the hundreds of flyers posted on every corner of Sylmar offering up to $200 for junk cars, and $40 towing "en espanol"? While in Pacoima they offer up $1000" for junk cars. Has Pacoima surpassed Sylmar in quality of junk? I know our community looks like a graveyard of autos being on their last owner before the junkyard, along with being the home base for scrap trucks, mattress haulers, beater construction trucks....etc. Just wondering why the price difference?
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Old 03-09-2015, 04:15 PM
 
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The 1980s, then it really picked up in the 1990s after the Northridge Earthquake. Lots of the whites in Sylmar moved out to places like the Santa Clarita Valley and Antelope Valley.

There was a running joke for awhile that "...the only white people left in Sylmar were the visiting porn stars and producers shooting films"
I wondered when and why the community took such a huge nosedive. I moved here from Santa Clarita and wish I had stayed in SCV. I've talked to my neighbors, long term homeowner, and local business owners and none see the community getting any better. It's sad that the kids growing up here think this is normal (trash filled streets, dumping, multiple families in single family home, garage conversions, drug addicts,drunken illegals, junk filled yards, stray dogs, beater cars everywhere, etc. I guess I had wished for a Sylmar that no longer exists. There are some beautiful homes (Cascades area) but the rest of the area is just such a dump. Wish we had better representation in City Government, but Sylmar is largely ignored and the community issues are handled by teenage interns. I know from years of experience with the council office. Plenty of excuses for doing nothing, little incentive to take action.
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Old 03-09-2015, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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There are lots of nice areas such as below and along Fenton north of Sayer that was a huge nursery and homes were built not to long ago. But these nice areas are surrounded by areas with all the stuff in the post above. Because of all the things in the post above Sylmar is a low house price area. When they say location, location, location reguarding real estate their not kidding. This has to effect the house price in the nicer areas, its not Porter Ranch. They often rebuild and completely fix up run down houses here for resale but these houses are in the areas with all the things in the post above so your buying the best house on a crummy looking block. For good real estate investing your suppose to buy the opposite, the worst house in the best area.
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Old 03-10-2015, 01:52 AM
 
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The 1980s, then it really picked up in the 1990s after the Northridge Earthquake. Lots of the whites in Sylmar moved out to places like the Santa Clarita Valley and Antelope Valley.

There was a running joke for awhile that "...the only white people left in Sylmar were the visiting porn stars and producers shooting films"
I missed the 80s in the Valley. Do remember cruise nights on Van Nuys Blvd (lived behind Van Nuys Drive In. By 83 I was already deployed overseas and it was many years before I returned to the Valley. I remember the GM plant and the great jobs it provided to the area as well as aircraft and manufacturing industries. It's true that "you can't go back", just sad to see an area decline so far. Living at the top of Polk in the 70s on Almetz, the mountain was in our front yard. Years of riding dirt bikes in the hills, horses, hiking, biking, skateboarding, Sylmar seemed like such a great place and I always said I enjoyed living here. Now to see people who just don't care about themselves, their homes or their impact on real estate value is a big wake up call. My neighbor has nine cars and no garage (converted to extra rooms). So the adjacent neighbors get the pleasure of seeing their junk parked in front of their homes. I never understood the garage conversions. If I need more room I either get rid of the junk or find a bigger home. And I am definitely not opening my home up to huge numbers of boarders. Before the home across the street was foreclosed on, there was a steady stream of boarders showing up at all hours carrying blankets and pillows. This is a societal issue and a horrible change in behavior and acceptance when the lowest condition of living becomes the norm instead of working harder to raise your own standard of living. And quit having babies you obviously can't afford.
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Old 03-10-2015, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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Its because of the Democrats that all the good manufacturing and aircraft industries jobs are gone.
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Old 03-10-2015, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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Sadly most of the valley is not represented well . There is more focus on Downtown L.A these days than the entire valley even though only around 50,000 residents in downtown L.A .

Sylmar alone has about 80,000 residents ....and in the valley there are 1.8 MILLION people.

The city of L.A really needs to be broken up as it's clear city hall can't manage the city.

This is why if you travel to smaller cities like Burbank, Glendale ,Santa Monica, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Pasadena you don't see the same types of issues found in most of L.A .

Regarding so many people living in the houses, this is of course because so many can't afford their own housing since housing is expensive in L.A .

People making minimum wage or less can't afford their own housing anywhere in the city. Even a small studio in a bad area is unaffordable for them at this point.

In many cities you would probably have less poor people , but of course L.A has a number of social programs and organizations that keep the poor here.

I recently saw a piece on CNN about "The poor kids of silicon valley" . The point was that even in an area like silicon valley know for wealth there is still poverty there and child poverty.
The poor kids of Silicon Valley

I do agree that people need to stop having kids they can't afford. It seems like it's totally acceptable now to have a kid an 'plan' to qualify for all the 'programs' . It shouldn't be that way.

This is why I think it's ridiculous when the right wingers come out and say they are against birth control, planned parenthood ,etc.

Average cost of raising a child is $245,000!
Average cost of raising a child hits $245,000 - Aug. 18, 2014

It's weird that people don't think it's crazy for poor people to have kids...but if a poor person said they are going to buy a Ferrari with an MSRP of $245,000 they would look at them like they are totally insane and unrealistic.
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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I saw in the paper that Sylmar Independent Baseball League is back it was closed for two years. It has 500 kids age 4 to 15, 6 baseball and 3 softball diamonds on 21 acres. Its 58 years old.
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Laguna Niguel, Orange County CA
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Sadly most of the valley is not represented well . There is more focus on Downtown L.A these days than the entire valley even though only around 50,000 residents in downtown L.A .

Sylmar alone has about 80,000 residents ....and in the valley there are 1.8 MILLION people.

The city of L.A really needs to be broken up as it's clear city hall can't manage the city.

This is why if you travel to smaller cities like Burbank, Glendale ,Santa Monica, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Pasadena you don't see the same types of issues found in most of L.A .

Regarding so many people living in the houses, this is of course because so many can't afford their own housing since housing is expensive in L.A .

People making minimum wage or less can't afford their own housing anywhere in the city. Even a small studio in a bad area is unaffordable for them at this point.

In many cities you would probably have less poor people , but of course L.A has a number of social programs and organizations that keep the poor here.

I recently saw a piece on CNN about "The poor kids of silicon valley" . The point was that even in an area like silicon valley know for wealth there is still poverty there and child poverty.
The poor kids of Silicon Valley

I do agree that people need to stop having kids they can't afford. It seems like it's totally acceptable now to have a kid an 'plan' to qualify for all the 'programs' . It shouldn't be that way.

This is why I think it's ridiculous when the right wingers come out and say they are against birth control, planned parenthood ,etc.

Average cost of raising a child is $245,000!
Average cost of raising a child hits $245,000 - Aug. 18, 2014

It's weird that people don't think it's crazy for poor people to have kids...but if a poor person said they are going to buy a Ferrari with an MSRP of $245,000 they would look at them like they are totally insane and unrealistic.
They tried that in the SFV...
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Old 03-14-2015, 02:06 PM
 
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I generally do not like Slymar, but there are a few nice places not far if your willing to drive there. I heard Chipotle will be opening a store soon. That usually is a good sign.
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