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Old 12-12-2007, 11:31 PM
 
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What's a G Wagon?
Its a mercedes.... memories for saint laurent.
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Old 12-16-2007, 03:10 PM
 
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Old 12-16-2007, 03:14 PM
 
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Van Nuys actually begins at Burbank Blvd. Sherman Oaks is to the south.

Parts of Van Nuys are a real pit. Just ask people who live there! I lived on the west side for two years, in what is now called "Lake Balboa" (give me a break!), on Hayvenhurst between Victory and Vanowen, and got to experience things like:

1. A drunken guy passed out against his car horn, which blasted for hours.
2. People would honk to get their friends' attention in my apartment building, no matter what time it was.
3. My neighbors on both sides were awful - on one side was a psycho woman who was constantly fighting with her boyfriend, and on the other was a guy who would party and play loud music at 6:00 a.m. on a Saturday!!!
4. Another neighbor in my building would call me from the intercom and invite me to "make love" with him in the laundry room.
5. Every day those obnoxious street vendors with their corn would honk their bicycle horns at the precise moment when I'd be trying to take a nap (I moved to Sherman Oaks to get away from them, and now they're here, too! I can't win. ).

I'd never live in Van Nuys if I had a choice of almost anywhere else, sorry.
The horn honking at 5 or 6AM to pick up your fellow commuter... happens in Northridge, edge of sherman Oaks now.

Van Nuys / North Hollywood - Ice cream truck / grocery type vendors would play a tune from a speaker in the truck... would park in one spot and play that tune for HOURS.

And don't leave out the early morning crowing from roosters.
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Old 12-16-2007, 03:19 PM
 
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I have a friend who lives there and she can't wait to move out. She lives on a little secluded cul-de-sac off of Victory Blvd. She says she doesn't usually walk anywhere because the area is so scary. They've heard gunshots several times. Apartments everywhere and extremely rundown homes.
I know the area. Lovely homes within a 100 yards of congestion, traffic, and poverty.
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Old 12-16-2007, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
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My husband was raised in Van Nuys, and my mother-in-law still lives there.

I agree with the other posters. My husband would say Van Nuys was an "ok" city to grow up in. He's in his mid-30s so he was "growing up" in the 70s and 80s, graduated from high school in '92. It wasn't the idyllic pictures Charles posted from the 60's and such though. He says he remembers lots of fights, racial tensions, etc at Grant High School, but you could remain divorced from it if you didn't get involved.

And Van Nuys has definitely gone downhill since then. The residential street where my mother-in-law lives is.. "Ok". You can feel fairly safe taking a walk in her neighborhood during the day, etc. But walk 4 minutes to the main streets and you're basically looking at the picture posted by Greggd.

And diversity is one thing but it's quite another when the majority of local business signs aren't in English anymore. Could be Spanish, could be Korean, etc. Look, nothing against anyone's right to own and operate a business as they see fit, but it's the reality most people want to live where people operate using the language they know. I'm not talking about people wanting to live in a racially homogenous community, I'm talking about language and a comfort level with a generally accepted American culture. And Van Nuys has changed in that regard.

My mother-in-law liked raising her son there well enough, but she doesn't want to retire there, and is planning on getting out.
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:38 AM
 
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I graduated from Grant in 74 and at the time it was one of the top schools in the Valley along with Birmingham and Taft all of which now have major violence on their campuses due to the large population of kids from different cultures that seem to hate each other. Was that politically correct enough? My folks still live in the same house that I grew up on which is off Hazeltine before Chandler. On the other side of Hazeltine you have the Chandler Estates with huge properties and new McMansions and on my parent's side you have modest upper middle to middle class homes that really haven't changed since they were built in the fifties but still a safe neighborhood.
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Old 12-17-2007, 08:42 PM
 
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I graduated from Grant in 74 and at the time it was one of the top schools in the Valley along with Birmingham and Taft all of which now have major violence on their campuses due to the large population of kids from different cultures that seem to hate each other. Was that politically correct enough? My folks still live in the same house that I grew up on which is off Hazeltine before Chandler. On the other side of Hazeltine you have the Chandler Estates with huge properties and new McMansions and on my parent's side you have modest upper middle to middle class homes that really haven't changed since they were built in the fifties but still a safe neighborhood.
Yes, that area is lovely.
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Old 12-17-2007, 08:45 PM
 
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My husband was raised in Van Nuys, and my mother-in-law still lives there.

I agree with the other posters. My husband would say Van Nuys was an "ok" city to grow up in. He's in his mid-30s so he was "growing up" in the 70s and 80s, graduated from high school in '92. It wasn't the idyllic pictures Charles posted from the 60's and such though. He says he remembers lots of fights, racial tensions, etc at Grant High School, but you could remain divorced from it if you didn't get involved.
Back in the early 80s the racial strife was Hispanic vs. Armenian and Hispanic Vs. Black at the High Schools. North Hollywood HS had huge melees. Now it seems to be Hispanic Vs. Black.
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Old 12-19-2007, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
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Yup! The Hispanic vs. Armenian was what my husband would refer to.

He said one day, he'd arrive at school and see one Armenian kid being chased by a pack of Hispanic kids. The next day, one Hispanic kid being chased by a pack of Armenian kids.
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Old 12-19-2007, 04:25 PM
 
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I agree that Van Nuys isn't exactly the best area. However, I really believe that Van Nuys is really starting to get better. I live off Hazeltine in southern Van Nuys. In the 8 months I have lived there, about half the houses in my neighborhood have been flipped and resold. The average house in my area is nowhere near run down. I feel perfectly safe walking around in my area at any time of day. Sure, there are homeless people around, but the ones I have met are harmless. One asked me if anything in my trash was clothing and I gave him a portable Keyboard I was planning on giving away (he seemed grateful).

The point is, there are good parts and bad parts. I think its growing because many places in this area of the Valley are really expensive and its roughly half the price by going 3 blocks north from Sherman Oaks into Van Nuys. And its not really all that different. In fact, theres even a very strong Orthodox Jewish Community in the area.
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