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The Neighborhood Project: Northridge

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Northridge has become famous for Cal State University Northridge, and infamous for the Northridge quake. In reality, the earthquake's epicenter was beneath Reseda. Although the San Fernando Valley is very particular about each neighborhood's boundaries, the history of one area sometimes bleeds over into the next. It would be easy to paint the Valley with a single brush. But that would be a gross oversimplification.

What makes Northridge stand out from its neighbors? Its resiliency. To become the neighborhood it is today, Northridge has survived over 100 years of growing pains. When there was no water, the people of Northridge grew wheat. With the arrival of the aqueduct, the people grew citrus. When the rows of orange trees turned to rows of houses, they adapted. Through hardships, strife, and natural disasters, Northridge has and will continue not only to adapt, but to flourish.