Are Burbank’s Extra-Wide Streets So Planes Can Make Emergency Landings?

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Some residents in the area think Eton Drive is so broad it could serve as an alternate runway for Burbank airport. But the design was just a developer’s gimmick to sell houses. Ben Marks built roomy boulevards in the 1920s and named them after universities in an attempt to lure UCLA to his Benmar Hills development. It didn’t work.

Promotional brochure for Benmar Hills, 1923