Valley Rents Near All-Time High as Vacancies Drop.


“Vacant apartments in the Valley are scarce, rents are heading toward all-time highs, and observers expect little change for the next three years.”-LA Times 8/24/1969 Vacancies Decrease, Rents Increase, Los Angeles Times. Aug 24 1969 Vacancies Decrease, Rents Increase, Los Angeles Times. Aug 24 1969 Most of the new apartments will be large, luxury, high-rent…

Random Observations.


The early March air smelled quite frequently of jasmine yesterday. The skies were cloudier, anticipating and foreshadowing the slowest, rarest event that mercurial, moody nature ever delivers to Los Angeles: rain. We want it so badly that when it comes we regret it, like so much else in life. I walked east along Victory and…

Teardown on Kester


Up until a few days ago, a blue and yellow auto repair building with Honda, Datsun and Toyota signage stood at Kester and Delano, a retro oddity imprisoned behind high, steel- spiked fencing. Now the fence is down, and a bulldozer is making fast work tearing up the asphalt and the evidence of the existence…

14638-44 Vanowen


14638-44 Vanowen, originally uploaded by here in van nuys. One of the older, quiet, one-story, multi-family buildings that still exist in Los Angeles...... and here in Van Nuys. I have always thought these buildings to be important, for several reasons: They are modest. One doesn't see the garish and decorative ornament that mars many buildings…

Apartments Above the Metro Line.


A lot of what is built in LA is heralded by boosters as being the start of some new epic in this city: Dorothy Chandler Pavillon, Disney Hall, Citywalk, Getty, Disneyland. But do these mega-projects contribute to our daily life? Quietly and almost in an un-LA way, the construction of apartments along the MTA Red…