Mayor Garbageciti’s Los Angeles


It is probable and likely and arguable that Los Angeles is perhaps the dirtiest large city in the United States. Gilmore near Columbus, Van Nuys, CA. Near LA Fitness, Sepulveda Bl. Van Nuys, CA. New York, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Denver, Dallas, Miami: they do not have the amount of illegal dumping, trash, shopping carts of…

1949: A $72 Million Dollar Flood Control Plan to Waterproof SFV


After March 1938 Flood: Lankershim Bl. looking north near Universal City. Photo: by Herman Schultheis After the disastrous 1938 floods, the City of Los Angeles worked with the State of California and the Federal Government, specifically The Army Corps of Engineers, to encase the rivers of Los Angeles in a waterproof lined concrete sewer to…

Can You Tell if a Street is Safe Just By Looking? – Technology – The Atlantic Cities


Can You Tell if a Street is Safe Just By Looking? - Technology - The Atlantic Cities.

Architects in Mexico Design Homes that Help Women and Families.


While America enters what seems like a permanent decline, Mexico, long poor and often derided, is moving ahead with progressive architecture and social innovations. Adobe for Women is constructing twenty sustainable houses in  San Juan Mixtepec, in the south Mexican state of Oaxaca. Read more about the project here.

Pedestrian Friendly LA?


Century-City-Condo, originally uploaded by Here in Van Nuys. From Project for Public Spaces: "L.A. County has begun to rewrite the “DNA” of its streets with a new Model Streets Manual that will set guidelines to support improved safety, livability and active transportation options. This effort was supported through a grant from the Los Angeles County…

Cloudy Morning: Van Nuys.


Cloudy Morning: Van Nuys Under the cover of clouds, I walked along Kester, Sylvan, Van Nuys Blvd., Aetna, and Oxnard streets this morning. Kester is well-known as perhaps the filthiest street in Van Nuys, with trash-filled curbs, wrecked vehicles, and yards full of debris and neglect. Slumlord owners and indifferent managers create much of the…