The Nervous Hour


7101 Sepulveda Bl. Later in the year, if we are feeling better, or if we are alive, we may look back on March 11, 2020 as one of a number of dark days in a time of never-ending calamities. Today, as the Coronavirus was declared a pandemic, and the stock market crashed yet again, and…

Progress Report.


On a brief walk, after dropping off a package at the UPS on Van Nuys Bl. I walked west on Sylvan, south on Vesper, ending this set of photos at the new fire station on Oxnard. There is a small but significant amount of new apartments going up. They are pleasant additions to the neighborhood…

One Story Town, Again


Earlier in the year, the Salvation Army store at 6300 Sepulveda went out of business. The lot it occupied, building and parking lot, is some 45,000 square feet. It sits along a row of Sepulveda that is seemingly zoned for only commercial use, even though it runs along a heavily traveled bus route and is…

Our Lost Vitality


Sepulveda and Erwin, Van Nuys, CA. Housing, it seems, is everything these days, the foremost topic on the minds of Angelenos.  Those who can afford it fear those who cannot. Fearsome, it seems, is our ragtag army of many thousands of un-housed vagrants who have established anti-communities out of shopping carts and tents, and made…

I Don’t Care About Your Identity….


Woodley Park. Someone recently was very excited because there is a new slate of young, female, diverse people who are running for the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. She is one of the contestants and wanted some input on what I thought about the VNNC. I rolled my eyes. Nothing good has ever, ever come out…

A Twelve-Acre Parking Lot


Erwin at Sepulveda, Metro Orange Line Parking Lot. When the Metro Orange Line opened in October 2005, it was a stunningly different type of transport system which combined a bus only road with a landscaped bike path that ran alongside. It cost about $325 million. It connected North Hollywood with Woodland Hills, and eventually carried…