Ralph Cantos Collection

Pacific Electric car no. 5110 rolls along the “Central Business District” of Van Nuys in July 1952.

Frolics Restaurant (seen on right) was at 6216 Van Nuys Blvd.


While it is not a fancy street by any means, it is an arguably bustling and more interesting boulevard than present day. There is diagonal parking along the street, the road has not yet been widened (1954), there is a bright red streetcar going past and the buildings lining the road have windows and doors that “look out” onto the sidewalk.

All of this has been obliterated by the government monstrosities along the east side of the street whose blank walls and banality forever keep Van Nuys in a hellish 1975 architectural limbo.

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