Orange trees gave way to palms. Straight streets of van Nuys, Were ruled across the Valley floor. Once paved with aviation gold, But not any more. Porno brought a sleazy wealth, Hoodlums filling the top shelf Of your local video store With tales of sex and gore; But not any more. Amateurs give it away, On the public Internet. Far too keen to play, Too dim to ask for pay: The dough's not in it any more. So now decline has come to stay, For the lines of sheds and cheap tract homes Baking under the desert sun. A hot bed of misery, Palm trees full of rats Scuttling around the American Dream. The unemployment rate in Van Nuys (zip 91406), CA, is 12.70%, with
job growth of -0.87%. Only one small commercial orange grove still exists. In the '30s, there
were thousands of acres.
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