Squandered Opportunities


Nearing completion, now, is a one-story mini-mall on the north end of the LA Fitness parking lot near Sepulveda and Erwin. Pleasantly innocuous, in a beige/brown way, the mall (with circa 1999 cornice) is being landscaped, pretty extensively, all around, with various trees and shrubs to decorate the sea of asphalt. Zoned commercial,  this is…

One Story Town


One Story Town is Sepulveda Bl., from Oxnard St. north to Victory Bl. It is 2,569 feet long, almost a half a mile. It encompasses the Orange Line Metro Busway, LA Fitness, Costco, Wendy’s, Chef’s Table, The Barn, CVS, Dunn Edwards, Bellagio Car Wash, Wells Fargo Bank, Enterprise, Jiffy Lube and other small businesses selling…

Dysfunction Junction. (VNCC)


The board members, at least eight of them, gathered last night at the Marvin Braude Center in Van Nuys, as they do every month. I sat in the audience wearing my J Crew crew neck sweater, corduroy trousers and Nike shoes. I had washed my face and brushed my teeth. Groomed, I felt oddly out…

Anti-Family Planning.


On the corner of Van Nuys and Burbank Boulevards, two large commercial buildings are going up simultaneously. Chipolte (2011 net income was $214.9 million, an increase of 20.1%) is erecting a restaurant on the NE side, with the requisite peel-on bricks and pointy top roof, but commendably, its building comes right up to the sidewalk…