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Have lived in different parts of North Hollywood all my life (60 yrs). During that time have seen the area go up and down. Some very good areas, some areas to be careful in. I live near Victory and Laurel Cyn. This area will be GREAT if they ever do the mall that have been talking about for 15 years.

— Joel R
October 9, 2012 at 12:49 p.m.

I live 1/2 block North of the redline station and must say it's a great place to live. When the expo line goes all the way to Santa Monica and the gold line continues east to Claremont it will be all that much better. I like the public transportation here and mix of all kinds of people and ethnicities. Lots of good cheap places to eat too.

— Kevin
September 11, 2012 at 3:58 a.m.

I live off magnolia between vineland and cahuenga. I can't wait for the widening and repaving of magnolia as well as the installation of new trees. It is odd how east of Ralphs it gets ugly then east of cahuenga it gets nicer as you enter the Burbank area. it's that little pocket of NOHO. It's not nearly as bad as north Hollywood north of Chandler however. I have lived here my entire life and I have to agree that immigrants are a huge part of the problem with the trash being thrown on the ground and the crime. Perhaps they don't feel at home because they are illegally here and can't find work. This causes frustration and anger which leads to not caring about anything. After that, why not break into cars and ruin the community? It's a shame. I see it everyday. It's is not only immigrants however. The youth have no respect and tag on brand new buildings. Buildings that finally got remodeled and look nice but for some reason they think it's cool to deface them. The police presence in NOHO has gotten way better. Hopefully prices go up and force out the people with no respect for a community on the upswing that has the rare opportunity to improve and become something beautiful and unique. I also have to agree with previous comments about lazy, careless pet owners. I have two dogs that I walk daily along the bike path. I carry bags with me to pick up poop. On the bike path there is a dog bag dispenser for people to take from free of charge and still lazy, careless people just leave piles of $hit on the path, sidewalk, and grass patches. I have to say again I hope with the street widening and new trees making the last poor looking section of magnolia look better, prices rise and force these selfish, low life's out of NOHO. Its even cheaper in chatsworth! Go there!

— Hector
August 27, 2012 at 12:31 a.m.

Love NoHo. It's a diverse and eclectic mix of cultures, art and creativity. Also love the commercial sector becoming more vibrant, namely the theater and dining experiences expanding. Love that it's one of the more progressive and tolerant neighborhoods in the Valley.

— James
August 14, 2012 at 10:09 a.m.

I am looking to move to NoHo as well as other areas. I live in the armpit of Hollywood, but I have gotten used to it. It is primarily working class, Hispanic, and I don't care. We have our crackheads and lots of homeless (LAPD is rumored to drop homeless people off on Vine when "Cleaning up" downtown. Seems they all end up here.) As long as I have lived in L.A.- I don't know where reasonably safe places are in NoHo. I know there are worse aras than where I currently reside in much of L.A. Don't knock "low income" housing- I have been on it for some time, although most of the places I looked into are 10 times worse than where I am now, "Low income housing" is everywhere, even in the good neighborhoods. I am seeking something "Low income" in a hood that might be better, but not worse than where I live now. Can anyone tell me where the good, decent and horrible streets are in NoHo are, so I can do my housing research and avoid the worst? I need info asap.

— Polly Styrene
July 9, 2012 at 7:47 p.m.

Moved to North Hollywood in 1939 from L.A. uncharted area around lived 2 blocks from Toluca Lake grade school, Grad NHHS in 1952 joined AF 1954 and never moved back to So.Cal. Lived in Nevada, Washington, Oregon where I stll live today still keep in contact with some old NHHS people. Hate to see the place going down hill in so far as crimes go but its the nature of new people moving and some good ones moving to a safer place.

— Tom Jost
May 9, 2012 at 2:59 p.m.

i have lived in north hollywood for 22 years. i feel safe. have raised my family here. seen many good changes, rebuilding of older homes, and building of new expensive homes. would love to see our own town center built. one like americana, or the grove. it would make us prouder as northhollywoodians to call this our town. a lot of kind and helpful neighbors watching out for each other. more police presence would be nicer..

— a.a.
December 30, 2011 at 8:57 p.m.

I am 20 years old and I have lived in this area for 17 years , I have no complains. I love it and the only reason I have considered moving is to another state or country .

— Noho Residents
November 24, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

North hollywood is a great place to live, coming from another state, its great! has everything i need!

— mark
July 1, 2011 at 9:13 p.m.

I love the art galleries, the food, the small theatres, and the people. To see local residents walking their dogs, riding their bikes, and take a train in some part of Los Angeles is rare and exciting!

— shayla selva
June 7, 2011 at 6:43 p.m.

We need more police in North Hollywood; and, the Republicans want to cut pensions & government jobs - those idiots!

— Jeff
April 29, 2011 at 7:25 p.m.

Welll so far, so good, to live in area,

i haven't got any problems,,, the downside , we need more police watching our streets at a night, sometimes i work over night and i don't seee any police around,, thank you

— Rene Bravo
March 6, 2011 at 1:28 p.m.

I wish I was in charge of the architecture, city planning and beautification. Ha ha! I would turn it into a Larchmont Village type place. More trees, art, lighting, trash cans, security, etc...

— M. Joobluh
February 5, 2011 at 6:33 p.m.

NoHo is safe as long as u look like u kno where ur going and u ain't scared, dont lemme catch u slippin!

— Andres Rosales
January 30, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.

Stay indoors and dont walk around the streets and NorthHollywood will be just fine to you ;)

— Officer Dick
January 25, 2011 at 5:34 p.m.

*I meant Oxnard, not Fulton.

— Oleg K.
January 20, 2011 at 10:09 a.m.

I live around Coldwater/Victory and I always thought that my area was called North Hollywood (91606). My impression was that Valley Village ended at around Fulton.

— Oleg K.
January 20, 2011 at 9:56 a.m.

I also want to report the great work the LAPD does at recovering vehicles. My elderly parents (Dad 87, Mom 84) had their 1998 Integra stolen from their apartment complex in North Hollywood on Nov 1 . My parents and I were suffering because its hard when they aren't wealthy and I am unemployed. They needed a car to go to the doctor, buy groceries and such. I live in San Diego and came up to help them. Amazingly it was found Nov 29 in great condition. Thanks to all the men and women of the LAPD that protect us from "bad people" as my young son, Mark, use to say.

Please Have a Safe

and Merry Christmas!

God Bless to All

— francisco medina
December 4, 2010 at 2:56 p.m.

I have lived in North Hollywood for 13 yrs. I am a renter. If you look at the location of the NOHO Police Station, you will see that the area around is free of crime. The gangs know where the police are and stay away. I hate the ugliness of abandoned cars & garbage, and I call them into the 311 city number. Other citizens & residents should call 311 also to report trash.

— Ann Mere
October 3, 2010 at 7:39 a.m.

Im 20 and I've gone to school here and whatnot. N.H is a great place to live. Make the best of it.For all the citizens that complaign, keep doing that; you still live here. Gangs, shootings, robberies, and drug addicts are a scene all throughout the valley and want a clean place then get out of here, you're the undesirable. Immigrants dont do anything but work to make a living, unfortunately without them your front lawn wouldnt be what it is and your house wouldnt be clean; only reason theyre here is because of the U.S and the laws that have made Latin America and Asia a hell hole. Be proud of what you are and where you live, i live on Oxnard and Vineland, "little tijuana" according to one of the that i say "so what" proud to live there besides when we all die were either going to be in a coffin or a box of ashes, little things like that dont matter.

— jacob
September 27, 2010 at 10:52 a.m.

I grew up primarily in North Hollywood, living in various apartments/rented houses throughout my childhood/adolescent life. I do agree that gangs, crime and blighted conditions are an issue. Growing up I knew where to hang out and when. As a result, I stayed away from trouble and made my way successfully through various public schools located in North Hollywood. Except for the heat in the summer, I did not have too much to complain about regarding my time in North Hollywood. One minor "complaint" I had was that it was a little too boring during my teen and post-teen years (this was before NoHo). I often drove to other parts of LA for nightlife, fun, and the beach. Since NoHo has taken off, I do like that there is more of a nightlife and restaurant scene in North Hollywood and that it attracts a diverse and somewhat bohemian crowd.

My main criticism with the "NoHo" development is that it seems to have gentrified the area and priced out many low-income individuals and forced them to move to the part of North Hollywood where I grew up (Tujunga close to Victory). I like NoHo's cool stores/restaurants, theaters, and the Metro Station, but feel like more should have been done for the part of Lankershim that is not in the NoHo area.

By the way, I was born in a spanish-speaking household and had many friends growing up who were/are "Immigrants". Many commentators use the term immigrant to describe what is wrong with North Hollywood (or NoHo) while I agree there are some people in all communities that give groups a bad name, I think most "immigrants" are extremely hardworking individuals who work all day trying to get by and make a better life for themselves and their family. For me, my spanish-speaking grandmother worked several jobs a day to provide me with the basics and helped me stay out of trouble. As a result, I graduated from LA Valley College, UCLA (BA), University of Chicago (MA) and UCLA Law School. My hope is that my comments help to underscore that stereotyping and scape-goating immigrants is wrong and people should try to be more thoughtful when it comes to discussing social issues. Rather than blame the immigrants, who have very little political power to exert, I think we should look to the City politicians, police, and developers who have the tools to improve the life of North Hollywood residents, but choose not to focus their resources on certain parts/aspects of this community.

— North Hollywood Resident
July 24, 2010 at 10:02 a.m.

I have lived in NoHo for 4 months now near Burbank and Vineland and every block in my neighborhood is different. Sure, there are foreign born people on my block but the ones next door are the most respectful, clean and quiet folks I have lived next to since moving to California 4 years ago. I come from an educated, white, upper middle class background and love living here. Despite my car being broken into and the occasional helicopter at night (both of which I attribute to living LA, not NoHo) my neighborhood is affordable, close to the freeways and has NO parking issues. I would probably not buy a home here again due to school systems and resale values but it has been okay thus far...

— NoHo resident
July 23, 2010 at 9:59 a.m.

I had the opportunity to see many changes takes place in North Hollywood during the past 35 years, and yes, although there are areas that need improvement, I would NEVER blame it on the immigrant communities. I am a Mexican immigrant with a parent that does not speak english, but this did not impede me from earning my Ph.D. So, yes, I am a Dr. and very proud of my life in North Hollywood.

— Luz, Ph.D.
July 4, 2010 at 1:52 p.m.

I live in NOHO that pretty much means that little triangle formed by camarrillo to the south, lankershim and tujunga to the west, vineland to the east and chandler to the north. If you are lucky enough to live with in those streets you will find and array of nice people, who are diverse in both age and race. You will see nice apartments bike patrols, street cleaning, art galleries, comedy clubs, nice restaurants. Its very nice to live with in those borders. if you east you got burbank toluca lake , west valley village and south studio city. the only problem is North! north of burbank and its practically Tijuana dirty, crowed, and basically everything that would make a neighborhood bad to live in. Ive lived in this area for close to 6 yrs and it only continues to get better. Its close to everything , freeways , right over the hill to hollywood, burbank is next door. the only thing that could make it even better, is enforce speed on vineland from magnolia to camrillo, its practically a dragstip, quarter mile of straight flat wide road, not good, people go at least 50 miles per hour here , and at night rice rockets do at least 60. speed bumps on the alley west of it.

— Sam
June 7, 2010 at 9:36 a.m.

The demographic info says it all! People with little education, little income and little or no english language skills all add up to poor quality of life. I've lived in No. Hollywood (above Victory) for over 5 years and a bad area has gotten worse with the unsightly foreclosures and people that don't respect private or public property. I currently don't have financial means to move, or I would in a heartbeat!

— Jennifer
May 23, 2010 at 4:04 p.m.

I love North Hollywood but I guess it depends on what you are looking for. I live in the SW portion of North Hollywood very close to Burbank and own a home and the neighbors are nice and friendly. North Hollywood Park is nice but I goto Whitehall Hwy North Park. The thing abut it is it's affordable. There are some nice parts of North Hollywood but the mass development and immigrants is problematic. I do like the culture and it's no where near as pretentious as other parts of the LA area but some areas could use a cleanup or how about just putting garbage cans on the street corners.

— Valerie
April 28, 2010 at 6:51 a.m.

Sunshine, look South towards San Pedro for peace and quite. I wish a car would pass by or a person would walk by screaming on their cell phone. This place is so freaken quiet I FEEL LIKE MAYBE I DIED! We have a little area of lower income folks but even they're nice enough to clean their trash up. A large area of Middle class "regs" and awesome views of the Pacific Ocean 2 minutes away. San Pedro - L.A.'s clean little secret.

— Sundown
April 4, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

I have lived in NOHO for almost 4 years. The location is nice. and that is it. The newer apts are way overpriced and the older ones like the one i live in are a nitemare. People do like to throw their trash around with no care. I am for all the businesses and smoke stores too. I wish the Ralphs wasnt so ghetto. The store is nice but that area has much to be desired. It gets old with the ghetto hookers.

You pay for what you get with older and even new ones (apt life is hell) apts with neighbors from hell. If your young and naive NOHO is it but if youve lived in LA a long time like me its the pits - no matter how much the city will try to fix this area - NOHO will never be peacefull. Instead with loud idiots in their own world of selfishness. Get off the cell phones yelling as you walk by apts its so rude. Reminder there is a law so as cute as you think you look walking your dog - pick up your dog poop or dont have one. I love dogs but owners need to take responsibility. If you are lazy dont have one. I love it when i see the owner with a horse dog and no bag or even the tiny dog owner never a bag - all poop is gross. THIS IS THE LOUDEST PLACE I HAVE EVER LIVED, cars like a freeway constant, a crap load of trash trucks, the gardeners one after the other with those blowers that only do nothing but get your car dirty. NOHO is for people that like noise cause you are guaranteed never to get peace here. NEVER JUST FORGET IT. The owners of the apts/condos do not care how many people are packed in like rats. Im only here for my son for school after one more year im the hell out of this NITEMARE. The owners believe me live far away from here of the apts/condos. they wouldnt last one day.

I know its not just NOHO that has changed its all of California and the USA. I just hope where i go to next it will have less people, cars, noise, congestion, cost of living.

PEACE TO ALL KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN AND DONT BE NAIVE CAUSE YOU CAN BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF IN THIS COLD CITY OF LOST ANGELS. All the ones that love this place must be drinking, on something or one of those loud people that have no remorse for thier actions or new to town.

— sunshine
April 3, 2010 at 10:18 p.m.

I have to agree with a lot of these comments. My wife & I bought our first home here in North Hollywood about 2 years ago near the Victory & Vineland area. We LOVED neighboring Burbank but choose here because the price was great & we're right near the Burbank border. We also really love the NOHO Arts District. That being said, We are getting really sick of NOTHING happening to the rest of North Hollywood. Our street actually doesn't even have street cleaning. We're sick of trash laying everywhere all of the time!!! We try to clean up our street, but immigrant filled mass housing across the street & at the corner are too much to keep up with. They have ZERO respect for the area or their own proporties let alone anyone elses. I've literally confronted people throwing their trash in my front yard after eating it etc... CLEAN UP THE REST OF NOHO!!!!!!! It could be a great town! We actually only walk our dog in Burbank now. As soon as you cross the border from NOHO into Burbank you see the difference substantially! Starting with trash cans at every corner bus stop & no trash on the street. Also a much greater appreciation for the area. I guess you get what you pay for. We'll be moving into Burbank or Toluca Lake area soon!

— Matt
April 1, 2010 at 12:07 p.m.

I agree with many of the previous comments stating that North Hollywood suffers from blight, residential apathy and low collective efficacy. I feel that much of this is due to the abundance of high density housing. This is what attracts the so called "undesirables" which we all know are the immigrants who create their own enclaves and fail to assimilate. I am not advocating full on gentrification as I believe diversity is a good thing and not every immigrant is the same as the negative stereotype we have in our minds. I do believe that North Hollywood is long overdue some redevelopment. We have nothing to be proud about (North of Victory). The streets are filthy, empty lots are rampant and the stores we do have generally contain useless curio which leads to the abandoning of stores which leads to further blight. This is a tremendous shame as North Hollywood as a whole (and not just NoHo) has the potential to be a great neighborhood.

— Victor
March 18, 2010 at 4:33 a.m.

Wow, I was born and raised in the NoHo area. I moved 10 years ago because I saw it deteriorate, I didn't want to raise my children there. I have the fondest memories of what it used to be. It's now so unkept and the homes are run down and somewhere in the middle are these new condo apts that are huge and ugly! It's sad that no one cares about their homes and streets! I will take a nostalgic drive through the valley but so glad I left!

— Ana
February 19, 2010 at 11:43 a.m.

Use to live on Bonner St. just south of Burbank Blvd in the early '80's. Some called it "Little Mexico". The airplane noise eventually got horrific. Couldn't even talk on the phone. Other than that I liked it.

— Warren
February 13, 2010 at 7:51 a.m.

The reason why North Hollywood looks different north of Sherman Way is because a differnt police force covers it. It's the Sunland police force, and apparently they're busy with other things.

We never see a cop ride down our street.

Our North Hollywood neighborhood is a disgusting filth pit of $500,000 homes with normal families, mixed in with crazy modified residences where sometimes six or seven families live (single family homes!).

Our cars have been broken into two times in the last six years, and vandalized three times. There are literally 23 people living in the house across the street. On our curb, we've found used catheters, a large blob of what appeared to be pancake batter, dog excrement, puddles of blood, used condoms and discarded Christmas trees! Every week two shopping carts are abandoned on our property, sometimes at our front pedestrian gate! Our garbage cans have been stolen, and a '94 Acura Integra I owned had parts picked off of it every month.

Today, a man stopped by the neighbors across the street and dropped off an unconscious black lab.

In one bone-chilling incident last week, a car stopped at our stop sign when I was cleaning up garbage along the curb, and the window rolled down, and they threw a candy wrapper onto the middle of the street, and watched me as they pulled away. What, is this a movie or something?

How the neighbors who just paid $425k to live here can stand up straight, I'll never know.

— Vera Waitress
January 27, 2010 at 3:27 p.m.

No Ho(where the Metro is located at) is awesome I am 22 years old, and I have lived in N.Hollywood ever since I can remember. No Ho is much different than North Hollywood, because it is much cleaner and it encloses many nicer areas, for example the Magnolia park! I began running at the Magnolia park, because Valley Plaza park in North Hollywood is disgusting and the gangs that roam around there are just extremely disgusting as well. It would be nice if the people with the "power" would try to do a little something in regards to the less advantaged side of North Hollywood in order for the entire city of North Hollywood to prosper. It is awesome that the people living near the metro have it extremely comfortable, safe, and clean but people like myself that attend college and live in the less fortunate areas of North Hollywood need a safe, clean ,and comfortable environmet as well. We have to look at the bigger picture people, it is a constant problem leaving the less fortunate areas abandoned!

— Nereida
January 7, 2010 at 11:11 a.m.

I think that the community north of victory is vastly different than south of Victory blvd. As was mentioned that it is vastly different than south of Camarillo as well. When these two sections are added to the rest it gives a slanted perspective of NoHo. The red line is great and convenient, but they do not offer enough parking. The new art over Lankershim is embarrassing and looks horrible. Take it down! I have lived in the community for 10 years and some improvements have been done, but much more is needed, including accommodating the additional traffic that comes with improving the area. Too many unrented stores sitting waiting for something to happen. Get a new contractor with some better ideas and lets move forward with the progress. I think we need some upper scale places to eat, not just fast/quick food. I cannot find a single restaurant in NH that I can go and have a sit down dinner with excellent food, service, and bar. We don't even have the chain restaurants like marie callendars, chevys, olive garden, or anything along Lankershim or Laurel Cyn, we could use something decent. I have seen properties sky rocket up and back down. There is a voluntary association that improves on the area all the time including planting trees and block parties. A sense of community exists in those areas.

— Alycia
January 4, 2010 at 1:21 p.m.

The current North Hollywood district boundary needs to be re-assessed and re-drawn more accurately. After one goes north from the Camarillo/Vineland Aves/134 general location, one sees that the southern-most part is markedly different in appearance, population, income, etc. and is much more similar to adjacent Studio City, Valley Village, and West Toluca Lake... and is, even, visually, quite a dividing line. Why the present mixed-bag configuration was decided upon is perhaps a good question to present to our L. A. district council persons...

— Anna O. Zacher
December 19, 2009 at 9:41 a.m.

Year 1997, since i moved to North Hollywood, a lot of changes. My two boys grew up in North Hollywood. They love it here. I love it here. Since the North Hollywood Metro Station was build year 2000, I hardly use my car. You can walk around at night and nobody will bother you, people are friendly here at North Hollywood. The only downsides are to many car dealers. I wish they build a Mall or like shakeys at the corner.

— Cesar Charlie Cruz
December 2, 2009 at 2:30 p.m.

I like NoHo. Been living there since 2005. Bought a condo on Burbank Blvd between Lankershim and Vineland. I think it can do with less liquor stores but hell they pay their taxes. I believe putting garbage cans on street corners might help with the trash on the streets problem. I also think that if the area around the metro station can be clean why not the other areas. Have a police presence on the streets and get immigration to do a monthly sweep will also help.

— Alex Rodhrs
December 2, 2009 at 9:50 a.m.

I think that the Metro/subway station is the biggest plus for North Hollywood. I rarely drive any more, and I get good exercise walking to the Metro station.

I think that unassimilated over- immigration is a big problem. Some people do not pick up garbage and leave their own garbage on sidewalks & streets, or wherever they are when they finish eating or smoking.

There is very little or no community pride or friendliness in the area.

— Ann Mere
December 1, 2009 at 4:56 p.m.

I moved here about four months ago, right in middle of the arts district. I like it very much, there's lots of interesting shops and restaurants, and friendly people. I love being able to walk around and do business in the neighborhood. There are many empty storefronts, however, and that concerns me. The neighborhood could go up or down, depending on the economy I guess. If you go out of the tiny little area of the arts district, things look very slummy and unsafe. Basically NoHo has an island of civilization, the arts district, surrounded by streets that look like South Central, with the poor immigrants, baggy pants and shaved heads, crummy apartment buildings, and sleazy strip malls. If I stay in my own little enclave, I feel fine about living here.

— Victoria
November 1, 2009 at 8:02 a.m.

Other than Central Los Angeles, i did live in North Hollywood and I have to say it is a nice place to live in the S.F valley. Yeah, I have to agree with other people to there are gangs and there are shootings, so if there are any tourists that are coming to visit, ask someone what that gang turfs are because getting a gang beating especially in Los Angeles is something that makes you wish you were dead.

— Eli
October 23, 2009 at 8:48 a.m.

NoHo is North Hollywood but it's ONLY a section, one mile! I've lived here my entire life practically and NoHo, not North Hollywood, is a fun neighborhood. We're lucky to have so many theatres and neat shops. Looking forward to having the Art Institute move in. It will add another artistic vibe to our little neighborhood. Just get rid of those 80s street stripes and the nasty sign...shame on the government entity that installed the thing. They obviously don't know what the neighborhood is about. Dumb.

— Nikki di Palma
September 22, 2009 at 6:35 a.m.

I was born in L.A and was raised in the S.F. Valley most of my early life. Attended various Schools, the last being N.H High in the early 1990's. I now live in Austin, Tx. I do miss my valley but every time I go back to visit, I have no regrets for moving on. I have done so well for my family and self. Out here in Austin, Tx living the ultimate California lifestyle.

— Robert Santos
September 7, 2009 at 2:24 a.m.

North Hollywood is a great city and an example of an ethnoscape city evolving over time. I grew up in North Hollywood until I left NH for New York City in order to attend both undergraduate and graduate school. The city has seen its up/downs, but its always been the city's denizens that contribute cultural values to the area that I visit every year in order to see my family. If you keep you mind/spirit/heart open there are plenty of good people around. By the way, I'm Mexican and I attended primary, middle and high school in North Hollywood. I will be earning my Ph.D. this academic term.

— Luz
September 4, 2009 at 9:09 a.m.

I've lived in Noho for over 8 years now. I like it because it is blue-collar, diverse, has interesting shops and theaters and lacks a lot of the pretence you feel in west LA. I also like what I see as far as redevelopment near the subway. However, crime and dirty streets only get worse the further north you go (i.e., north of Magnolia). Unfortunately, Noho (like the rest of LA) is suffering from the effects of too much immigration (illegal or otherwise). The city systems just can't keep up. Personally, I would like to see garbarge collected everyday.

— Diana
August 20, 2009 at 11:36 a.m.

North Hollywood has changed a lot in the last 20 years since I moved here. But like most of LA, not for best..Too many third world immigrants that don't speak English and won't bother to learn.. I see more signs in Spanish then ever before ..Along with this comes their garbage and lack of respect for basic laws of society. My wife and I just had a baby girl, but after looking at the schools that she will be going to in my neighborhood, I realize I won’t be able to send her to them! Why? Again because of the non English speaking poor uneducated people that fill those schools with their kids..My little girl doesn’t have a chance at a decent education although I pay property taxes for these schools. Yes, I can hear people saying I’m some kind of racist..It’s not that at all- I simply see the reality of what has happened and don’t feel the need to be PC.. The simple fact is, the more poor uneducated non English speaking people that converge in an area, the more it goes to Hell… You can thank Mexico and all the rest of Central and South America for North Hollywood going in the toilet. All of Southern California will follow. It’s too late to stop it. My advice..Move to South Orange County…It’s clean and people speak English.

— dave
August 19, 2009 at 11:47 p.m.

I have lived in the Valley my whole life-50 years, and was robbed three times sense moving to NoHO. I hate the north of victory crime problem. The victory and laurel cyn fiasco needs to be like The Grove. Unfortunatly, here in NoHO- gangs would be shooting us. It kinda sucks around here. I like Toluca Lake much more. Ah Duh......

— Paula Houghes
August 19, 2009 at 4:06 p.m.

This could be a superb area of the city, IF only the city would get off it's duff and get the developers out of the mayor's (and other elected officials) pocket. If so, we might - just might - be able to get a decent redevelopment going for Laurel Plaza/Valley Plaza area. We have been waiting since the 94 earthquake and will likely wait till the next big one. What's on the table now? MORE SUPER DENSE housing and very few shops/restaurants to walk to. We desperately need a grocery we don't have to drive to. We need restaurants we can walk to. We DON'T need another Target. As the map shows, our population is already high for the area, now the city wants to jam 3000+ more folks onto the Macy's lot. And the joke of an EIR tells us there will be LESS traffic than there is now with the development. Asleep at the switch city hall?

— Suzanne Stinson
August 17, 2009 at 2:26 p.m.

I like North Hollywood, my rent is cheaper than other areas and the bus service is pretty good. Having a diverse neighborhood is a real plus too because it means more interesting neighbors and restaurants. There are lots of grocery stores in easy distance, some of them even "walkable" if I want. It's not a bad place to live and work until I retire.

— Therese Shellabarger
August 14, 2009 at 5 a.m.

NOHO needs to tear down so much junk buildings they have and put new shops and restuarant. There also is too many strip clubs, motels and weed stores now.

August 13, 2009 at 1:45 p.m.

Clean up N. Hollywood. It is nice what you have done by the Metro, but you need to expand and go North on Lankershim. You need to rebuild and put in nice shops and restaurants. How many antique (or should I say junk) shops does one street need?

— Margaret Thatcher
July 10, 2009 at 12:58 p.m.

I love North Hollywood [NOHO].

4 years ago there was nothing up here but the Metro station, The Academy of Arts and Sciences and the El Portal Theater.

Now, we have a HOWES market (excellent wine tastings) three coffee shops, new apartments and lofts and soon will have a new Laemmle Theatres and the Art Institute Of LA, Hollywood.

If you haven't been to NOHO in the last 12 months or so, get up here and check it it is SOOOOO incredible.

— Jack Corbett
June 23, 2009 at 3:40 p.m.

I recently moved back to NJ from North Hollywood due to a personal tragedy. I really miss North Hollywood alot. It was a great place to live and play. I would at times attend the many theatres in the NoHo Art District. I found that the people in North Hollywood were alot more friendlier than in metro L.A. I've also lived in Hollywood and NoHo is a much better place to live. I'm hoping to visit NoHo at the beginning of next year. For I truly miss it.


— Francesco Siano
June 18, 2009 at 9:45 a.m.

North Hollywood is too large in area and in density to be effectively served by one neighborhood council and city services.

How about halving it horizontally mid-way and ending up with a southern portion and a northern portion. Obviously, South North Hollywood and North North Hollywood would not be practical names!

— Chris
June 6, 2009 at 4:51 p.m.

best place for a burger... Big Time burger on colfax and magnolia.

— joel
June 3, 2009 at 8:16 p.m.

North Hollywood

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles County. It contains West Toluca Lake.
The neighboring communities are Burbank, Studio City, Sun Valley, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen and Valley Village.
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