Monday, July 23, 2007
Coming soon: RESEDA RANCH
It's a long day living in Reseda
There's a freeway runnin' through the yard...
Those lyrics (from Tom Petty's Free Fallin') make reference to the oft maligned subdivision of the Valley that was home to the lead characters in both The Karate Kid and Terminator 2. Unfortunately, the silver screen depictions of Reseda were no more flattering than Mr. Petty's song.
It's no wonder then that some residents of Reseda are currently lobbying for a name change. The Daily News reports that the wealthier land barons of Reseda (holding individual residential lots that average over 17,000 sq. ft.) are not happy because their subdivision has become synonymous with urban blight. That's an understandable concern. Far less understandable, however, is their proposed new name which is essentially: "Urban Blight Ranch."
I dunno, if they asked me (which they clearly did not) I would have suggested maybe eliminating Reseda from the name all together. Because if you... uh... you know, want people to stop associating you with Reseda well then maybe you should not include Reseda in your name? Just a thought. Anyhoo, you can read the whole Daily News story here. My favorite part is Mr. Carlson's enchanting quote about the area:
" 'It's been proven over and over again that once someone moves into the subdivision, they complain about the noise and smell of the animals, and the city health department comes out and says, `Hey, you can't have animals this close,' said Garth Carlson, chairman of the Reseda Neighborhood Council, which supports the name change."
Makes you want to pick right up and move there, no?