Blight Around the Block


It would be wonderful, as some readers advocate, to report on more happy local events, such as smiling families, freshly painted houses, award winning rose gardens and the best pho in Van Nuys. I could spread joy talking about the opening of a new Hawaiian BBQ on Sepulveda across from LA Fitness. Maybe there is…

The Mobile Advertising Sign Blight.


One of the most persistent and ugly trends of the past few years are the appearance of mobile advertising signs, usually attached as trailers, on the back of pick-up trucks, parked along streets in Los Angeles. On Burbank Boulevard, near Van Nuys Boulevard, this sign jumps across each side of the street every few days.…

Is this the Best We Can Do?


Sometime in the 1980s, the mini-mall took over Los Angeles and this city has never been the same. There were always commercial buildings, but up until the 80s, they had something to say to the community other than crass crude ugliness. The mini-mall exists partially due to a weak city government, voracious greed, community apathy…