The Return of Light Rail


  For the future we now return to the past. The black and white photos all show how Van Nuys Bl. looked in the period from 1911-1957. Yesterday there was announcement from Metro. Metro will build a 9-mile-long light rail down the center of Van Nuys Boulevard, stretching from Sylmar to the Orange Line Van…

The Janitors’ Light Rail.


  “If you’re a housekeeper, janitor or dish washer, you need to get to work every day on time,” she said. “Buses don’t move as many people and as quickly as the light rail. That’s why we’re excited about the project that would serve people who are transit dependent.”[1] "As a mom, I can tell…

Option A: High Level Cabinet Meeting


Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States, but aspects of it can seem almost small town. A sprawl built of people who came from somewhere else, infamous for its superficiality and temporality, it sometimes, surprisingly, produces individuals, deeply rooted in its soil, who live and work here their whole lives, sometimes…

A Great Wall on Burbank.


“Building-to-street proportion is the relationship between the height of buildings on either side of a street and the width between those buildings. An ideal proportion between these two creates a pleasant and visually interesting public realm. The public realm, therefore, may be considered as an “outdoor room” that is shaped by 
the “walls” of the…

Yesterday was CicLAvia


Yesterday, Sunday, March 22nd, was CicLAvia in the San Fernando Valley. Lankershim Boulevard, from Chandler to Ventura, and Ventura to Coldwater Canyon, was closed to cars. I rode from my house near Sepulveda and Victory to the starting line at North Hollywood Station. It was foggy. Mayor Eric Garcetti: articulate, young and progressive, spoke before…

The Nowhere City Goes Somewhere


Yesterday, near downtown Santa Monica, on a strangely cloudy and drizzly summer morning, I drove west, unintentionally, into blocked roads, past barriers and bulldozers. Men were tearing down buildings, punching holes in plate glass windows and digging trenches. The long winding humanitarian project known as the Expo Line had made its way from central Los…