Option A: “Memo to Metro: May We Survive?”


      Yesterday, The San Fernando Valley Business Journal published an essay by Charles Crumpley, editor and publisher, concerning the scheme ("Option A) by Metro Los Angeles to destroy hundreds of small businesses near Kester and Oxnard for a proposed light rail repair center covering some 33 acres. I am reprinting here for all to…

Day of the Bulldozer


On N. Sepulveda Blvd., between Victory and Vanowen, three apartment projects are now underway. At 6500 N. Sepulveda, the former site of the notorious Voyager Motel is completely cleared. It was a crack-y whorehouse of ill repute. But also a patriotically, quadrennially decorated neighborhood-voting place. It burned in a gratifyingly appropriate fire earlier this year.…

First Lutheran Church 1925-2012 Van Nuys: all that remains


Greg, from the blog, West SFV, made his way over to our latest civic triumph in Van Nuys, the obliteration of the 1925 First Lutheran Church.

Historic Home Demoltion and a Developer’s Response.


Historic Home Demoltion., originally uploaded by Here in Van Nuys. On June 20, 2007, the Daily News printed an article about the efforts of preservationists to save the oldest home in Van Nuys from destruction. On the morning of June 21, 2007 I went to the site of the Whisett Home to take photos and…

Destroying an Architectural Gem in Van Nuys.


At a MODCOM meeting last night, I learned that an Art Deco architectural gem in Van Nuys may be destroyed. Engine Company No. 39 was built in 1939 and has all the dignity, solidity and beauty of governmental buildings from that era. It sits just across the street from the Valley Municipal Building and is…