The Pink Oasis: Time Magazine, July 4, 1949.


"That amazing mechanism, the human eye, adjusts itself to Los Angeles in a matter of hours. The optic nerves grow submissive before the red glare of geraniums, the flash of windshields, the sight of endless and improbable vistas of pastel stucco. Even on his first, casual, hundred-mile drive the pilgrim achieves a kind of stunned…

The New Fire Station


Long fought, both for and against, a new No. 39 fire station is nearing completion at 14615 Oxnard at Vesper, west of Van Nuys Boulevard. It replaces a smaller, historic one on Sylvan Street across from the Valley Municipal Building. The older one is from the 1930s, and was a fine looking structure in the Art…

Aerial Views: Van Nuys in the 1920s


1930s Map of the San Fernando Valley (DWP)Van Nuys was established in 1911, and soon after people settled here to work and live. The Southern Pacific freight trains ran along tracks which are now the location of the Metro Orange Line. An agricultural economy supported citrus packing plants, animal feed for horses, cows, chickens; and…

Dima Otvertchenko’s Blue Hour Photographs


But at dusk, near sundown, the Blue Hour appears.

And photographer Dima Otvertchenko, a New Jersey raised shooter living in North Hollywood, has a particular sensitivity and artistry in capturing our valley after the sun has gone below horizon.

Van Nuys at Dusk: July 2, 2018.


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Box Walk/Santa Monica.


For awhile now, residential modernism has been in charge in Los Angeles. There was a period, roughly paralleling the 80s and 90s, when ersatz historical structures were the rage. Overdressed, highly embellished and gaudy. But the stripped down box, the serious architect’s preferred style, is now the only way to build, especially on the west side…