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Chipping Away at Van Nuys: Valley Glen Snags Zip Codes

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The Van Nuys Post Office in the 91401 on Van Nuys Blvd. | Photo by Here in Van Nuys via Flickr

Valley Glen got a boost in neighborhood pride last week when the US Postal Service finalized the official recognition of the neighborhood by designating all or part of 91401 (Van Nuys), 91405 (Van Nuys) and 91606 (North Hollywood) to be Valley Glen, according to Mark Kellam's neighborhood blog at the Daily News.

Zip Codes are purely numbering schemes to improve post office efficiency. The city or neighborhood attached to a zip code usually signifies the regional post office and does not reflect a government made boundary. For example, parts of Studio City and Sherman Oaks belong within the famous Beverly Hills 90210 zip.

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Unrelated to zip codes: Earlier this year, much to the dismay of Van Nuys residents, the west Van Nuys area was officially (and finally) designated by the city as Lake Balboa with their own city blue signs.

Also, during Monday night's Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council meeting (Disclosure: I am a member of that organization), it was announced that a group of Van Nuys residents want to secede from Van Nuys into Sherman Oaks. They are scheduled to appear to talk about it at October's council meeting.