Only a few days ago, it looked like Councilman Tony Cardenas thought it a grand idea to demolish a historic piece of Van Nuys history.
Now, happily, the Councilman has more kind thoughts about the 1939 Fire Station No. 39:
“The building is beautiful and we will make sure it is preserved,” Cardenas said. “But it’s not just the station there that’s too small, it’s the streets and the surrounding area.”
More quotes from local residents and notables can be found here.
To quote the late photographer Richard Nickel, who documented the destruction of Chicago’s most historic buildings in the 1960’s:
“In a city of slums, why would you demolish its best buildings?”