Victory Boulevard

In 1923, a trio of Burbank boosters proposed a new thoroughfare to honor the San Fernando Valley soldiers who helped secure victory for the Allied Powers in World War I. The plan was to rename a quartet of streets – Leesdale and Seventh in the Valley, Main and Crescent in Burbank – Victory Boulevard, widen the whole shebang to 80 feet, pave it, and stretch it from north Griffith Park all the way to Owensmouth (now Canoga Park). If those boosters had expected the entire street to open quickly and/or all at once, they were delusional: Victory was achieved in fits and starts, not just through the 1920s but deep into the 1950s.