Burbank Travel Guide, California
Burbank, a city in the Los Angeles County within the US state of California, has been a force to be reckoned in the national entertainment scenario as well as in the defense and aviation sector. A number of movies were filmed in Burbank and today with many important media and entertainment company headquarters and production facilities located in Burbank, the city is known as the ‘Media Capital of the World’. Though Burbank’s association with the world of cinema (rather entertainment) continues, the city’s aircraft industry (which had positively affected the economic development of the city) is now a thing of the past.
Area: 45 sq km
The epithet ‘Media Capital of the World’ is a clear indication that the studios and the production facilities of various media/entertainment companies are the mainstay of Burbank’s architecture. These include studios of important motion picture companies as well as television network studios including Cartoon Network, Columbia Pictures, NBC Universal, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Entertainment.
The two shopping malls - Burbank Town Center and Empire Center are the other important structures in the city Of Burbank.
Economy and Infrastructure
The city of Burbank is the backbone of regional economy, which is largely monopolized by the entertainment and media industries. People are either directly employed by entertainment companies and media houses or are part of ancillary services. Telecommunications and the Internet Industry also make important contribution for the city’s economic progress.
Burbank lies within the Burbank Unified School District; apart from quality public and private K-12 schools, the city also has a number of colleges (some of these colleges proffer special courses on make-up and beauty-trade). The efficient police force of the city has been able to keep a control on the crime-rate. The city has good hospitals and health-care facilities and various public works/utility services are offered to both locals and vacationers.
Burbank has excellent road and rail network. Although people mostly use cars, a public transport system is also available. Metrolink and Amtrak can also be used for journeying. Burbank is served by the Bob Hope Airport, which runs some 70 flights daily to/from different destinations.
People and Culture
The predominantly upper-middle class community of Burbank comprises people of different origins and different faiths; however, their long association with the entertainment industry itself or with its active members has cultivated superior understanding and culture. All this is reflected in the people’s fondness for good food, good books, good music, good cinema (or plays) … in fact, anything and everything that is good.
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