Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced (as politicians do) a grand plan.
He wants 100,000 new homes (apartments, houses) built in Los Angeles by 2021.
A few years back, Mayor Villaraigosa had a grand plan to plant one million trees in Los Angeles. Yet one still drives down many treeless streets in Los Angeles. Past 60 year old homes.
Were one million trees planted? Or were they just promised?
Political promises need concrete actions. Talk is not enough.
Van Nuys is sitting underutilized and degraded, dead center in the San Fernando Valley, with thousands of acres of asphalt parking lots set behind vacant shops and boarded-up slum buildings.
Van Nuys Boulevard is the heart of the slum, a depressing place without architectural vision or urban imagination.
Why not, Mayor Garcetti, start building your walkable, bikeable, modern housing right here?
The Busway is nearby. The infrastructure of public transport is here.
All that is missing is a viable environment surrounding it.
Mayor Garcetti, come visit Van Nuys.
We are right near the intersection of today and tomorrow.