Talk:Valencia (California)

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Copied from User talk:(WT-en) Wrh2#Valencia:

Check out WikiPedia:Valencia, Santa Clarita, California. This seems to be some sort of Very Special issue seen frequently in Southern California: places wih names that make them appear to be cities, but they are actually just a section of an incorporated city. Besides the three parts of Santa Clarita, a bunch of locales within the City of Los Angeles pretend to be stand alone cities too. Argh. I guess for the traveller, it makes a lot of sense to follow this convention, but I'm concerned that without clear borders on these pseudocities there will eventually be regionlike ambiguity over which article a particular listing belongs in. That's kinda why I ran away from the problem when injecting California hotel entries. If you check out User:(WT-en) Cjensen/project/hotelmaker/California and look for listings whose articles have not yet been created, about 60% of them are for pseudocities. -- (WT-en) Colin 22:14, 12 November 2006 (EST)

I think from a travel perspective it makes sense to give these places their own articles - Studio City and Sherman Oaks are officially bastard stepchildren under the custody of LA, but having lived in Studio City and talked to lots of people in the area, it's treated as a separate entity, with its own mailing address. As you've pointed out, Valencia seems to be the same thing - my brother lives there, and I've never heard him or anyone else in the LA area refer to it as anything other than "Valencia". As to defining borders, the mailing address should be useful - addresses should be "Valencia, CA", not "Santa Clarita, CA". I don't feel overly strongly about this one, but at the same point I don't want to try to create an odd hierarchy just because a clerk in some government office does it that way. -- (WT-en) Ryan 22:43, 12 November 2006 (EST)
Wow, that's the first I'd heard of it, but it seems to be true... I think most everyone treats Valencia as a city, few would know it as a district of Santa Clarita – (WT-en) cacahuate talk 14:26, 11 June 2008 (EDT)