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  • What makes this a good place to live? What are the downsides?


I've lived in Panorama City my whole life (I'm 18) in the same house. Panorama City to other people may think it's "ghetto" when it reality it's not really. Theres certain people like other neighborhoods who make the place seem like that. It's a great place to live and grow up with many things to do around. Other than it's so called "gangsters" this place is like your regular everyday suburb with it's normal police presence. I proudly grew up here and I now serve in the U.S. Army and I can never wait to return home after year long tours. I love this place, it's my home .

— Alex
March 7, 2012 at 6:12 a.m.

@greg russel, nice little history, very interesting....i have lived here for 26 years, i can't complain, i love it, i saw the change from broadway to wal mart, i remember my godfather being laid off by the gm plant, my friends mom being laid off by the carnation plant, and the subsequent erection of the plant and panorama high, respectively. since i have left high school i have noticed the high number of population growth and the deterioration of suburbia and rise of urban decay...i must say however that the area enclosed by woodman to the east, van nuys to the west, nordhoff to the north, and the train tracks/the plant to the south, is still in decent condition, maybe not like before, but definitely the silver lining in the case of panorama city

— pcity4eva
January 16, 2012 at 12:32 a.m.

Panorama City is not a bad place to live in. People (no matter what race) is what make it the way it is. I'm tired of all the gang members calling it their Hood.. well then step up and in stead of demeaning the city clean it up it's your "Barrio" after all. Go mess up your home: tag, thrown trash around your couch, disrespect you Mom or Dad.. tell them what you tell a stranger in the street that you don't think they belong. You gang members are fools. Grow up, really! Get up and clean your streets. Grab your homies and make your "Hood" a better place to live in. Your kids are going to follow your footstep. If you make it bad, they'll make it worst, and it all starts at home. Think about it. We go back to: "Treat others as you want to be treated". Show some class, man!

— CS
September 10, 2011 at 10:03 a.m.

Well all i can say is that everyone is right in there own opinion, good luck to you too darlene.

— chicanoboii
September 8, 2011 at 10:34 p.m.

Good luck to you chicanoboii, your going to need it.

— Darlene
September 7, 2011 at 8:04 a.m.

And NO we don't expect you white people to fix our neighborhood, even if you wanted to, hell no. We don't need you guys to make it worse, and you guys know L.A wouldn't be L.A without us mexicans and blacks. Panorama City is our city, and were not ashamed to say it. With all do respect do me a favor and open your eyes, stop being so ignorant, and open your eyes, look at what is happening in the world. It's not all about money.

— chicanoboii
September 1, 2011 at 5:06 p.m.

@Darlene, you see that is what the government wants you to do, exactly that, be his puppet, like you already are, your brainwashed. To me, its better to live in the fast lane, yea you only live once but really there is no hope for you guys either, no hope for anyone were all under the government's hand. This country is as corrupt as a... there is no definition. Teachers don't care about nothing but to make $$$$$. They don't teach you nothing, nothing that you will need further in life, and don't come to me telling me what you think you know because I know. Once again, listen to 2pac.

— chicanoboii
September 1, 2011 at 4:55 p.m.

This goes out to all you homies, who make it seem like you have no other choice to be a gangster. Panorama City never used to be a ghetto till you made it one, it was all a pile of roses.So stop running your big mouths and expect the white man to fix all your problems. If you would turn off 2pac and listen to your teachers who IS SMARTER than 2pac you would understand what im saying. WORD

— Darlene
August 30, 2011 at 8:01 a.m.

To Chicano, I grew up in Panorama city and it was not a ghetto in the 60s and 70s, you gang members made it that way. If you listened to your teachers instead of 2 pac you could change your own community, and I drive a Ford.

— Darlene
August 29, 2011 at 1:40 p.m.

This goes out to all u white boys who make it seem like as if its all easy and everything is a pile of roses,being raised in the ghetto ain't easy. You go on running your big mouths saying how gangsters are killing everything but you don't do anything about but instead you sit back drive around your mercedes-benz and complain because your wife didn't put ice in your water. YOU don't grow up wanting to be a gangster because you were never raised around a neighborhood like that, if you were to ever meet 2pac which is probably smarter than you... you know what just listen to some 2pac then you will understand me. Im outs. WORD.

— chicanoboii
August 22, 2011 at 11:39 p.m.

Panorama City......used to be lovely a long long time ago.Nice shops, nice people and good restaurants. Now I would never venture near the place, it is dirty and downtrodden and must

not be represented in government at all.No one in charge would ever let a place get like Panorama City is. Where is the police presence? It isn't a safe area at all. Note some of the other responses telling "whitie" to stay home. This happens in America?

— snipper
August 5, 2011 at 9:49 a.m.

The gangs need to be dealt with! Bunch of cowards-they are domestic terrorists. Let's see how big and bad they would be in Afghanistan or Iraq, fighting for their country instead of a neighborhood that belongs to honest, hardworking taxpayers.

— Feds
July 17, 2011 at 11:56 p.m.

Panorama City means to me a very danger area and bad for our childrens, the system and police has to do sometings.I hope the police stop all gangster are aout in the street, they distroy our comunity and our future.

— Sad
December 16, 2010 at 1:25 p.m.

Dam what can i say about panorama.It made me who i am 17 and this city has made me grow up fast or suffer from the negative stuff casued around here. well its a fun place to grow up. yes their is alot of gangmenbers but dam it they are people too so stop tripping. panorama is the type of city where if you dont pay attion you could get shot real quick. yeah it isnt safe but it aint bad... just stay home afterdark whitie and chill... cause we staying posted

— marco the convic
December 1, 2010 at 2:18 p.m.

What can I say about P City? Is where you actually see all aspects of life in a short amount of time.

— M.Angeles
November 24, 2010 at 1:13 a.m.

I moved to P City at age 4 in 1971 and lived on Willard Street not far from the former Van Nuys Drive In (now Vista Middle) built in 1948 at the same time as most of the houses in the area. Most of the 3,000 or so homes were built in 1948 or 49 by the team of developer Fritz Burns and entrepreneur Henry Kaiser in response to the end of WWII and the returning GIs (prior to 1948, it was all farm land). The plan was solid: build affordable homes for small families centered around the GM plant and beer Breweries (Schlitz and Bud), and what they don't spend on mortgage, they spend at the Panorama Center Shops.

My family and I used to see Drive In movies at least once a month, and almost every Sunday afternoon, after church, at the Americana Theater (now the pink beauty school) on Van Nuys. This was before the mall was built in 1980 that enclosed the stores (Woolworth's, etc). We had several excellent department stores back then including The Broadway (now Wal Mart), Robinsons (demolished), Orbachs and Wards (Vacant). They were built around 1955 but were gone by the mid 90s along with the Drive In, Americana, Carnation Plant (now Panorama High), GM, and the beer breweries. Although mostly consisting of White Americans, the community had a great mix of ethnicities back then including some Asians, Hispanics, and some Black Americans but far less than you see today.

The recession hit the area hard around 1981, but by then, the small city had served out its original purpose of supplying affordable housing to young White families who then proceeded to leave for more affluent areas. Since the 90s, more and more immigrants have called this place home. Ahhh, the stories I could tell about growing up there in the 70s. This small city was like heaven on earth for almost 40 years (1950 to 1990), but I guess all good things must come to an end.

— Greg Russell
October 28, 2010 at 9:44 p.m.

I grew up on Lullaby Lane in the the 60s and 70s. It was the best and safest place on earth. Look at now, its not even safe to drive in. The gangs have ruined it.

— Darlene
September 28, 2010 at 1:33 p.m.

Panorama has its up sides, and definite downsides. I live East of Van Nuys Blvd (mainly houses) and it's really calm. On the West side (nothing but apartments) however, is where you're most likely to catch more "negative" or gang activity such as on the infamous Blythe St. I am currently in high school, and trying to grow up in this city, overall, I'm doing more than fine. It's really about staying grounded and not getting caught up in the bad of the city. It's really one of those places that can eat you alive if you aren't careful. Oh, and I wish people had more fashion sense, just saying.

— Allan
June 22, 2010 at 1:06 a.m.

Panorama City is not safe area, since peoples from project live there, thos epeoples from Blythe St... not good there are killer inocent and worker peoples.

May 28, 2010 at 8:33 p.m.

I have lived all my life in Panorama City.Its a good place to grow up in and live. Yes it is a bit rough around the edges but despite all the negative beleives and connotations every one has; I love this city and the valley. Growing up in on of the toughest neighborhoods Panorama has to offer was an overall eye opening experience. I lived in a dead end street; therefore, traffic was never high in volume. I have many fond memories of playing in the street whether it be sports or cops and robbers. Yes its true that many of us saw tough times, I dont necesarily think that is a bad thing. The reason being is that when it comes down to it, every person has a choice whether it be good or bad. If anything it showed me how hard it is in the real world and no amount of studing or school work can prepare you for that. Alot of kids now a days are growing up with out a care in the world and when they enter reality they are in for a rude awaking! Thanks to all my life experiences Im not one of them.

— Kareem Estrada
April 18, 2010 at 2:12 a.m.

Your boundary map of Panorama City is historically more accurate than that assumed by the supposed neighborhood council who made up their own.

— Jerry
April 14, 2010 at 12:08 p.m.

After living in this part of the Valley for over 35 years, I've seen Panorama City degrade and settle to what it has become. I can't say that the area is getting worse, but I know it hasn't gotten any better in the past few years. I believe the continuous construction re-dos on Roscoe Blvd have hurt this community and the businesses here.

A majority of the community is comprised of Latino, Asian, Filipino and Armenian. So there is a small mix of eateries that are nice to be able to sample these cultures nearby. Other than that, it isn't safe to casually walk there or around unfamiliar areas sadly.

— Vincent
April 4, 2010 at 9:11 a.m.

As one of the 11.5% of White people in the area I can say that it feels like a lot less. My street happens to be one of the best in the area, but go one street over and I feel unsafe. What I like about P. City is the access to main highways. What I don't like is Roscoe Blvd. needs some updating and clean up and the constant road work on Roscoe is frustrating. There is no good shopping and the restaurant and entertainment available are nill. It's a place to just go home and sleep. There is nothing to do. No good safe parks. No place to walk outside and enjoy. It kind of sucks. But I can't afford to live anywhere else.

— Jay
February 10, 2010 at 1:07 p.m.

Some landmarks include, the Kaiser Permanente Building (it came with the town in the fifties), St. Genevieve Church, and the Wal-Mart store.

Aside from that living here is okay. I would have to say that I live on the predominantly Asian side of town which is a drastically different experience than the predominantly Latino side, culturally and the look as well. I used to live there. Lastly, I would like to know the history of the town from its creation to around 1990, if possible.

— Lorenzo
October 28, 2009 at 10:24 p.m.

Being a member of a not so recognized minority, the Filipinos, in this city is interesting in how the city and its people keep us close together.

— Lorenzo
October 28, 2009 at 9:53 p.m.

Panorama City

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles County.
The neighboring communities are Arleta, Mission Hills, North Hills, Sun Valley, Valley Glen and Van Nuys.
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