Northridge is a community in Los Angeles, located in the San Fernando Valley area. It has a vast history dating back to the Spanish explorers. Originally named Zelzah, the community was renamed North Los Angeles in 1929 to highlight its proximity to Los Angeles. However, the name led to a lot of confusion and later the community was renamed Northridge in 1938.
A highly diverse ethnicity
In 2008, the city estimated that the population had increased to 61,993. The neighborhood was considered “highly diverse” ethnically within Los Angeles, with a high percentage of Asian people. The breakdown was Caucasian, 49.5%; Latino, 26.1%; Asian, 14.5%; African American, 5.4%; and other, 4.6%. The median yearly household income in 2008 dollars was $67,906, considered high for the city. Renters occupied 46.4% of the housing, and house- or apartment-owners held 53.6%. The average household size of 2.7 people was considered average for Los Angeles.
Attractions for local eateries and other service-based industries
The Northridge community is influenced by its proximity to Cal State University Northridge with an enrollment of over 35,000 students.
The yearly influx of students helps to attract local eateries as well as other service-based industries to provide for the students. A major benefit of the CSUN’s campus was the recent addition of The Soraya (Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Art).
Known as one of the top arts companies in Southern California, The Soraya hosts performances ranging from classical & popular music, to dance, theater and international events.
There has been a revitalization of Reseda Blvd near campus. Named one of LA’s “Great Streets” they are looking to increase economic development, including improved concrete sidewalks and a wide array of outdoor dining options. They are also looking at an enhanced accessibility and transportation safety to daily commuters.
Northridge neighborhood communities
Northridge Neighboring communities include Chatsworth, Granada Hills, Lake Balboa, Reseda, Van Nuys and Porter Ranch.
While these are considered “separate” communities within Los Angeles, the difference in “town name” can be from one side of the street to the other. Together with Northridge, these communities help to make up the “Northwest Valley” of the San Fernando Valley.
North Ridge Centennial Community Centre
North Ridge Centennial Community Centre is located at 901, 3rd street.
The Community Centre is available for weddings, reunions, meetings, presentations, wedding anniversary celebrations, banquets, dance performances, musicals, theatrical acts, and any other similar special events.
The center also hosts sports and cultural events, recreational programs, and has the capacity to accommodate over 400 -500 people. It is well equipped with air conditioning, a fully functional kitchen, public address system, well laid out tables, chairs, cutlery, crockery, coffee urns, coffee machine, and bar area.