Walkable Places You Drive By.


  On the east side of Van Nuys Boulevard, south of Oxnard, there is a conglomeration of small shops. Signs advertise a Kirby Vacuum shop, Attorney Sandra Nutt, a Farmers Insurance office, PC Tech Computer Repair, Young Actors Space, and a Los Angeles Wedding Chapel. Angeleno Mortuary and Benjamin Moore Catalina Paint fill up the…

Changing Kester


Kester Avenue, a narrow North/South artery between Sepulveda and Van Nuys Boulevards, is, north of Oxnard St., an industrial and immigrant arrival point, a place of┬ácar repair shops, small apartment buildings, bodegas and liquor stores. Long neglected, like the rest of Van Nuys, it has undergone some positive change, small but not insignificant: apartment construction,…

Califa Between Kester and Natick.


A block south of Oxnard, between Kester and Natick Avenues, four residential streets dead end at Califa. A time capsule of a neighborhood; neat, tidy, middle-class, without trash, graffiti, mattresses and old sofas; this section of Posoville (Part of Sherman Oaks) is either Van Nuys or Sherman Oaks depending upon your biases. The sunny aura…