But, they don’t.
Burbank used to be full of single room occupancies. Downtown Burbank along Third Street from Verdugo to Providencia had loads of high-quality SRO housing. They were all there until the late 70s to 80s, too.
Bet you didn’t know that, did you? Remember those many 1920-1930 apartment buildings near the old Italian Men’s Club on Verdugo right above the Mall? Most of those were single room occupancy. We all drove by them. Same with Third.
SRO means rooms with shared baths and kitchens, usually four on a floor. Occasionally you’d find one with both if you wanted to pay a bit more per month. They were seen as a civilized housing alternative for many, many people back in the early to mid-20th century — as were boarding houses, an ancient form of residency that had its own particular benefits and social advantages, especially when you got old.
There are still some SROs around, although we’re not aware of any in Burbank. They’re basically outlawed in the City’s zoning code. Glendale has two that we know of: what’s left of the YMCA on Louise after the re-developers got through with it, and the old Maryland Hotel on Wilson.
As one Yelper put it, the Maryland resembles an old-style European hotel from the early 20th century, and with all of the same attendant charms. It’s totally and completely hip, we think, and so naturally the City of Glendale is doing everything it can to get the owner to ruin the place as they did with that now horridly overpriced “Brandwood” joint up on Brand.
Get it? Brandwood? That’s what turns into “affordability” in towns like Burbank and Glendale. It’s because the people who run these two cities don’t really care. Those six-figure boys and girls really have no idea what “affordable” is.
Build some modern SROs, Burbank. They’re the wave of the future. Its either that or you’ll soon become overrun with lots and lots of roommate-strangers. Everywhere.
Think not? Just wait.