City of Glendale
Founded in 1887 and incorporated in 1906, the City of Glendale has a rich history in the Southern California landscape. With a population of 191,719, it is the third largest city in Los Angeles County and the twenty-second largest in the State of California.
Nestled between the Golden State (5), Ventura (134), Glendale (2), and Foothill (210) Freeways, Glendale spans more than 30 square miles and currently ranks as the ninth safest city with a population over 100,000 in the nation.
Glendale’s superior quality of life is the result of the City’s focus on maintaining safe and clean neighborhoods, its highly-rated school district, and strong community spirit and involvement.
Major corporations and companies are headquartered in Glendale. Among these are the United States headquarters of Nestle; DineEquity, operators of IHOP and Applebee’s restaurants; LegalZoom Inc.; Public Storage; Whole Foods regional; and Avery Dennison.
Entertainment and Media
The Walt Disney Company has a large campus located in the City’s Grand Central Business Park that includes the headquarters for its Imagineering and Consumer Products divisions and The Muppets Studio. Disney-owned KABC-TV is on the property as well.
DreamWorks Animation, Marvel Animation Studios, and Neopets Inc., owned by Viacom Inc.’s MTV Networks, are also headquartered in Glendale.
The Hollywood Production Center has two Glendale locations that house various film and television production entities in their office buildings.
Retail and Restaurants
Glendale is touted as a world-class shopping destination and is home to The Americana at Brand, an upscale outdoor shopping and residential community, and the Glendale Galleria, the second largest mall in Los Angeles County.
The first Apple Store and Disney Store locations and Panda Express restaurant opened in the Glendale Galleria.
A second Apple Store located at The Americana at Brand gives Glendale the distinction of being home to the two closest Apple Stores in the world – only 600 feet apart.
The Glendale Galleria is also home to the first three-story Target store in the United States.
The Bob’s Big Boy chain of hamburger restaurants started in Glendale on East Colorado Boulevard in August 1936.
Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors chain of ice cream parlors started in Adams Square in 1945.
Many celebrities and cultural figures of note are buried at Forest Lawn Glendale, the original location of the chain of Southern California cemeteries. The long list includes Michael Jackson, Clark Gable, Elizabeth Taylor, Walt Disney, Humphrey Bogart, George Burns, Nat King Cole, and Sammy Davis Jr.
The Grand Central Airport was the first official airport terminal for the Los Angeles area as well as the departure point for the first commercial west to east transcontinental flight flown by Charles Lindbergh.