One Day, Soon.


One day, soon, there will be a revitalization of Van Nuys Boulevard.

Gone forever will be the hopeless days when people laughed to mock it, or ran away in revulsion.

All the central gathering places that should be occupied by civilized things, all the lots that hold parking, all the empty buildings along Van Nuys Boulevard, will be replaced with vibrant, happy, upbeat, successful businesses and residents.

It will take nothing more than $5 billion dollars to invest in new transit, new apartments, new multi-family housing, new police officers, a new police station, an army of street cleaners, and law enforcement people who will ticket illegally parked cars, handicap placard abusers, unregulated street sellers, unlicensed signs, and unpermitted businesses.

The narrowing of Victory Boulevard, the planting of 200 oak trees from Kester to Van Nuys Boulevard, will bring about a revitalization of the formerly crappy strip of low rent mini-malls, slum apartments and empty stores. The LAPD Victory Precinct at the corner of Van Nuys Boulevard and Victory, and its drop-in center there will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

150 new LAPD officers, out of a police force of some 10,000 will be specifially assigned to the area.

Some 50 new apartment buildings, from Sherman Way to Oxnard, with 10,000 new apartments, will be built and 20% of them will rent for under market value.

Security cameras will enforce the law to prevent speeding, red light running, assault, vandalism, burglaries of properties and hold-ups on the street.

There will be decorative streetlights, three new parks, new benches, and thousands of shade trees planted along the boulevard to protect against temperatures that get hotter every year.

Bike lanes, light rail, automobiles and pedestrians will share a new Van Nuys Boulevard divided between all types of transport, from foot to motor to public.

And the architecture will be inventive, modern, and integrate environmentally such necessities as solar energy and district wide free wi-fi.

In a nod to the old Van Nuys, the first orange grove planted in the Valley in 90 years will be manned by formerly homeless men and women who will guard the orchards as they would their own children. There will be 10 houses planted around the grove to ensure the safety and security of the new urban agriculturalists.

The low industrial buildings in the neighborhood around Kester and Oxnard, all 33 acres, were preserved in 2018, and later became an incubator for creatives who settled in the area and built narrow houses near the Orange Line, and worked and lived next to artisans, musicians, brewers, car restorers and craftspeople of every skill.

All of this is possible.

The people who will decide whether this is fantasy or reality are reading this post.

All photos courtesy of Architizer.

Architecture by Graham Baba.


4 thoughts on “One Day, Soon.

  1. Where ever there has been a community rebirth (think Echo Park and Silverlake) higher rents have followed. Central Van Nuys is now the home of many low income people. Where will they live after there is a revitalization?


    1. That is a question one cannot really answer. We don’t have the supply of housing to bring down rents or costs. So “affordable” means an $1800 One Bedroom or a $650,000 home with $3500 a month mortgage payments. We cannot have both complete preservation of existing housing stock AND new housing. We cannot stand in the way of new development and then complain that the little we have costs too much. We need a strong, large, boost of all types of housing and we have to accept more density, higher buildings, more traffic, more public transportation, etc. We also cannot have less cars when it takes four working, driving adults to afford one house.


  2. A revitalized Van Nuys could happen, but it would be both a blessing and a curse. That kind of transformation has happened elsewhere (minus the part about improving the lives of the homeless population.) I just returned from Bozeman, Montana where new money has poured in from Seattle, San Francisco, LA, New York… Want a charming 1920s bungalow within walking distance of the historic 1880s Main Street complete with gourmet restaurants? $700,000. The alternative is for Bozeman to go the way of the majority of small town rural America and slowly dry up and die.


  3. Meh…. I knew that was hopeful thinking!!! Then you woke up to the reality that this isn’t gonna happen, at least in our lifetimes—-I’d bet on it! And the slide down of Van Nuys continues…..

    (gotta admit, when I saw these pictures, artist renderings, and such, my eyes widened and my mouth was open thinking about what could someday be. I’ll give ya that!) 😉


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