A Motley Crew: The New ADUs


“The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) implemented the Standard Plan Program to provide LADBS customers a simplified permitting process for the design and construction of ADUs that are built repeatedly. The use of standard plans reduces the time required for plan check resulting in faster permit issuance. Under the Standard Plan Program, plans…

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…

Single Family Home Protest.


Recently, our neighborhood found out that the owner of a vacant parcel of land wants to construct a single-family home in our area of single-family homes. Frightened, angered, upset, scared were many longtime residents who saw the picture of the house with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a two-car garage. And rightfully so, for they…

Best Boxes


On the west side of Columbus Avenue, between Hamlin and Kittridge, are some six contiguous properties that were subdivided in the 1930s and, until this year, remained largely undeveloped beyond their original single-family homes. Their combined total square land footage is 156,035 SF with the properties ranging in size from 19,931 SF to 27,783 SF.…

Van Nuys: 2030


archi5archi5 In 2030, Van Nuys is expected to complete perhaps as much as $3 billion dollars in new construction. Offices, apartments, multi-family dwellings, parks, schools, health care facilities, all of it is going into that area between Oxnard and Sherman Way along Van Nuys Boulevard. A light rail line, carrying 50,000 passengers a day, travels…

Van Nuys: City of Parking Lots


Between Oxnard and Vanowen, on either side of Van Nuys Bl. fully 75% of the land is taken up, not by buildings, but parking lots. Near Oxnard, on both sides of the Busway, parking lots are used mostly for storage of unsold, new cars from nearby Keyes dealerships. Along the civic center, there are enormously…