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Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California
Van Nuys is in the heart of the San Fernando Valley; the main thoroughfare, Van Nuys Boulevard, is noted for its car dealerships and the Government Center (Erwin Street Mall) containing a branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Van Nuys police station, the Van Nuys City Hall, and a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.
Van Nuys used to be the home for a major manufacturing plant for Chevrolet. When the plant was dismantled the site was converted into a shopping mall called The Plant.
Van Nuys, and the San Fernando Valley, is the center of the pornography industry in the United States.
Like many central Valley neighborhoods, Van Nuys was a white, middle-class neighborhood as late as the 1970s, but the demographics of the area changed considerably due to white flight. It is now a predominantly Latino neighborhood.
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