San Fernando Valley

While on my way to back Long Beach from my home town in Simi Valley, I drove through San Fernando Valley to look around and observe the culture. I have been there multiple times for family matters, outsourcing, or car part searching but I wanted to see the environment with a different outlook. While driving through the traffic nightmare of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, I realized how crowded the cities of Chatsworth, Northridge, Winnetka, and Reseda are. So densely packed are the areas that you see thousands of people rushing through streets and the atmosphere is saturated with smog and noise pollution.

The San Fernando Valley lies just north of the Los Angeles Basin and contains around 1.8 million people. It belongs to the Los Angeles County and nearly two thirds of the Valley’s land area is actually part of the city of Los Angeles. Seeing what we learned in class, I have tried to develop the reasoning’s as to why the San Fernando Valley is so populated. The Los Angeles Aqueduct is a major reason for the growth of the Valley. In 1915, the areas of San Fernando Valley became a part Los Angeles County so that it could benefit from the incoming water source for LA. This transformed the area allowing water for agriculture and city development. As the Los Angeles Basin began to populate, communities could then propagate northward until they were in the San Fernando Valley. As an extension to Los Angeles’s massive culture index, the San Fernando Valley houses many of the same features and developments as its close neighbor.


  1. Anaid Gonzalez

    I never realized how populated that area is until now! But it definitely makes sense that the addition of water would be a reason to go to a different area.

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