Located in Los Angeles County between Burbank and Pasadena, the City of Glendale has thrived as a center of employment and commerce for decades. In recent years, the downtown has begun to evolve from an almost entirely commercial district into a 24hour center of activity. This case study follows downtown’s ongoing transformation.
Glendale has one of the highest job densities in Los Angeles County (Figure 2) and attracts workers from all over the region. Although the city is somewhat less ethnically diverse than Los Angeles County as a whole (Figure 1), Glendale is home to a number of immigrant communities including Armenians (26.2 percent), Hispanics (19.7 percent), Iranians (2.7 percent), Filipinos (5.7 percent), English (4.9 percent), and Chinese (1.3 percent).1
The City’s historic success at attracting employers rests on its location at the center of a “Golden Triangle” of freeways – I-5, SR-2, and SR-134 – that defines the city and…