So who lives in the Flatlands and who lives on the Hill?

It’s funny how geography is no longer a consideration in the Burbank vote. You used to hear all the time about how a candidate from “the Hill” would end up shafting the interests of the Flatland residents, or how those Flatland candidates don’t give a damn about life above Glenoaks.

Place of residence used to be important in Burbank politics, and for a time it actually did mean something. You think we would have so easily allowed Burbank Community Hospital to slip away if BCH and St. Joe’s had been flipped in location and it was going to be the Flatlands left without an emergency room?

Considering that the city council back then was 4/5 Flatlands, the answer is a definite “No way.” They all would have instructed Bud Ovrom to figure out how to keep it within city hands, which Ovrom was actually willing to look into.

The reason why the B/V branch of the library is kept open on Sundays instead of Central is because of a Flatland-dominated council,  and no one ever cared about traffic and overdevelopment in Burbank until it started to hit Buena Vista and Hollywood Way. Until then it was always open season on Glenoaks and the “business district” (notice how the Hill has no preferential parking permits on its business-adjacent streets?)

There’s lots of funny things like that. Flatland residents are always getting their asses kissed still. Considering the years long favoritism, maybe we should vote based upon residency!



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7 responses to “So who lives in the Flatlands and who lives on the Hill?

  1. Getting our asses kissed like expanding the airport? Hollywood Wy will be like Century Blvd when that’s completed. Getting our asses kissed like this stupid Target Express between Chandler and Magnolia? No. We’re getting shafted too. You are right, geography is less of a deciding factor. It’s all about big business and development now and surprise! It’s coming to the Rancho with the Pickwick sale on the horizon. Emily Gabel-Luddy has suggested neighborhood councils recently. I wonder if that’s worth exploring or why she’s even suggesting it?

    • semichorus

      They listen to you. No one listens to the hill– unless it’s way up in the richie rich part so that they can get fancy gates or something.

      The hill always gets the shaft. Talaria gets hassled and listened about; IKEA and the 100x-bigger-than-Talaria IKEA replacement gets shepherded by staff. Don’t worry folks, there’s plenty of room…

      Traffic abatement on the hill? Never.

      If anything, the new Empire extension shafts the Hillsiders even more.

      Glenoaks turned into a zoo 30 years ago — far more than anything in the Flatland — and nobody uttered a peep.

      They still don’t!

      Glenoaks? What’s Glenoaks?

      That was EXACTLY what it was like. Traffic on the hill was NEVER considered into any big downtown scheme. And it still isn’t.

      Staff’s big plan was to foist TRAFFIC CIRCLES onto Kenneth Road in order to increase capacity!

      Some neighborhood concern, eh? Try doing that on Oak or Clark. Or (lord forbid) Keystone.

      Town elders wouldn’t even consider such a thing. But the hill gets constantly crapped on.

      Proof supreme: why doesn’t the hill get a library open on Sundays?

  2. chad

    Funny you should mention the library. I was at the Buena Vista branch on Sunday when it opened. People were lined up before it opened. Within thirty minutes the place was packed. Great to see but it does beg the question why just one branch and why just four hours. P.S. In the spirit of good public libraries, I was happy to see a contingent of homeless using the facility.

    • semichorus

      Discrimination against the mostly lower-income minority population up on the hill that lives in apartments.

      For real. The Flatlands is where that Burbank “traditional population” still lives, as Art Pierce used to call them. The one that he and his school board were always worried about.

      It was appalling favoritism on Day 1, and it’s even worse now, This deliberate omission is an arrogant disregard for the Hill population.

      And … they want a new building up there! What horrible priorities.

      • The Northwest branch has even worse hours than the Central Branch. Noon to six weekdays. No weekends.

        • DixieFlyer

          No new buildings, until they demonstrate the desire AND ability to operate what they have for the benefit of the Public–NOT the convenience of staff.

          Libraries for the patrons–that means primarily BOOKS.

          Community Gardens are NOT required for our Library system.

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