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The Neighborhood Project: Sherman Oaks

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Sherman Oaks has a lot going for it. From movie and TV stars to community activism, from dingy Valley corner strip malls to high-end boutiques, this neighborhood of nearly 52,000 residents is never a bore (come on, Desperate Housewives films a bunch here).

It is named after General Moses Hazeltine Sherman, a well known real estate developer who bought a good amount of land in the area and sold it off. The community was the first area to host aggressive real estate development in the Valley in anticipation of Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913. After the jump, let's go explore!