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.

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5 thoughts on “100,000 New Homes in Los Angeles

  1. My heart just sinks looking at these pictures. The best years of my life were spent cruising Van Nuys Blvd in that very area. It was always magical to me and loved to see the people walking and shopping along that strip.

    As for the 8 or 10 story blue structure in the first pic (The building across from Arby’s), that building has been vacant since the 94 quake I believe. I saw construction starting on that building in 2004 and then it mysteriously stopped. What a shame that area has become.

    Thanks for posting these, Andy.

    Also, I am very sorry for the loss of your mother and I pray for your peace and comfort in this trying time.


  2. Look beyond the “bleeding heart” side Andy…and try to remember we are in a drought crisis and the water is running out. Why in the hell would anyone want to built 100,000 more units of anything when we are told to conserve our water…and in another year-if things continue-we may be rationed? The logic of letting developers rule the streets is worse than gang members-TRUST ME ON THAT ONE.. At least gang members live is same said cities…developers almost always move as far away as possible from their monstrosities…You wanna show you have some b*****, tell them to shut off the vales for development and let those who already live here have a modicum of space to enjoy their retiring years by. Don;t development those hideous, cast-off lots of cement and asphalt. Turn them into useable places for those who are already here! I have seen how crowded the Balboa Lake area is on weekends. Don;t kid yourself, there are good families dying for local places to recreate with their families-away from their over-crowded bungalow-like apartments. We do not need more buildings…we need better quality behind what currently passes for rentals…Of course, I have also seen what said families leave behind when they are done recreating at said parks; but that is yet another issue where I suspect you and I would do battle. Here’s hoping your mom is hanging tough! rl


  3. I couldn’t agree with you more. I ride my bike a few times a week down the Orange Line Bikepath, and I have often thought the same thing. One of the most difficult beginning points in development is infrastructure, this already exists. What a bonus! A great example of an area that has done this successfully is Venice. At one time, you couldn’t walk down Rose Ave without fear, today it’s one of the most desirable areas in the city for the young professional.


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