The land use and economic history of the Golden State District can be told in a three-part story. Each historic chapter, as it were, offers a lens with which to view and understand present-day conditions.
CHAPTER 1: AEROSPACE HUB (1940-1990)
Between 1940 and 1990, the Golden State District experienced a fifty-year period of growth tied to the overall expansion of the aerospace industry in Southern California. Lockheed Corporation served as an economic anchor until 1989, which is when it announced
CHAPTER 2: DISTRICT IN FLUX (1990-2005)
After a period of expansive growth, the time between the years 1990 to 2005 saw the district in a state of flux, witnessing sporadic change. With the loss of Lockheed Corporation, the district experienced the departure of thousands of jobs and vast amounts of vacant land.
CHAPTER 3: POST-INDUSTRIAL SUCCESS (2005-TODAY)
Since 2005, the District has seen a dramatic transformation characterized by significant job growth, which is driven not by traditional industrial/manufacturing jobs, but by technology and media jobs.
The district, today, is in the midst of a resurgence in economic activity, driven by post-industrial uses. Additionally, significant infrastructure and transportation improvements are planned in the district. This includes development of the Burbank station for California’s proposed High Speed Rail network, the potential relocation of the existing Burbank Airport terminal, and a proposed new Metrolink station on the Antelope Valley line. Numerous private developments are also in the pipeline. This plan will help manage change and shape future improvements such that their benefits flow to the community.