Tonight Burbank hosts a 100th birthday celebration with flybys from vintage aircraft and fireworks.
I have lived in Burbank almost all of my life, nearly half of the amount of years Burbank has been incorporated.
When I was a teenager and in my 20s, it was easy to make fun of beautiful downtown Burbank. Like many young people, I felt I was above my hometown, determined to live my life in a more sophisticated city on the map. And guess what happened? After being away from the city for a few years (in Glendale, no less), despite my best intentions, I ended up right back in Burbank and haven’t regretted it for a moment.
Us Burbankians or Burbankers like to gripe about the increase in traffic, the poor air quality, the lack of more upscale stores (why didn’t Rick Caruso buy the Empire Center property?). Still, if you’re looking for a town with easy access to important freeways, a hill’s drive over to Hollywood, and still a small townish feel to it despite being an entertainment mecca, Burbank is the place.
Brian Crosby is a teacher at Hoover High School and the author of Smart Kids, Bad Schools and The $100,000 Teacher. He can be reached at brian-crosby.com.