Beautiful Downtown Burbank - Located
within the Los Angeles Metropolitan region at the eastern end of the
San Fernando Valley, the city of Burbank, has been the brunt of many
a joke from television's ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN/NBC/1968-73 and
Johnny Carson's THE TONIGHT SHOW/NBC/1962-92.
The term "Beautiful
Downtown Burbank" is really a sarcastic description of the city
which for the most part is flat, ugly, and smoggy with Forest Lawn
Cemetery on one side and a dry river bed on the other.
accounts of Burbank: "Burbank is the only city that needs someone
riding shotgun on its garbage trucks," and "Beautiful downtown
Burbank weather report: 15% chance of precipitation, 30% chance of
wind, 99% chance of smog and 5% chance of SURVIVAL."
But, not everyone is down on Burbank. Sunset Magazine
declared the city was "one of Southern California's most
appealing urban centers."
TRIVIA NOTE: Many people
mistakenly believe that the city of Burbank was named after Luther
Burbank, an American plant breeder (1849-1926). However, it was
actually named after Los Angeles dentist David Burbank who operated
a ranch on the land until he sold it to Providencia Land and Water
Development company in 1887 for subdivision. The City of Burbank was
incorporated on July 8, 1911.
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