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On Moorpark Street: Before He Went to Van Nuys

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Before Andrew of Here In Van Nuys named his eponymous blog, he lived off Moorpark Street in Studio City. Here's what Andrew had to say...

I have very intimate memories of Moorpark. It is the street near where I first moved when I came to LA in 1994. I think about living in the hot, baking heat of Studio City in August, and how I walked down Moorpark near Whitsett and thought I'd never seen anything deader. I had been living in New York, and Moorpark seemed liked an anachronism from the 1950's, with its one story liquor stores, gas stations and garden apartments.

But it is also a wonderful street in its narrow width. Most streets in LA have been widened to inhuman proportions, but Moorpark retains its sense of being a haven from the mad rush of traffic and speed.

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Recently, I found out that Moorpark has been partially murdered. It is cut off between Cedros and Kester to allow for the big box stores like Pavillons and Sav-on. If one needs any evidence of the necessity of Moorpark, the bottleneck traffic on Ventura in this section will provide proof. Moorpark is an artery in the heart of Sherman Oaks and Studio City and an artifact of the old Valley.