The Incarcerated City.


  On these winter┬ádays, when the streets are emptied of cars, and the skies are filling with rain clouds, our neighborhood of Van Nuys cools down and empties out, revealing a strange amalgam of enormous parking lots; as well as businesses and homes surrounded by iron gates and fences. In its entirety, these fortifications evoke…

…..and now a message from your local Fresh and Easy…..


Apparently it's hard to be a profitable supermarket when you have self-checkout, no cashiers to pay union wages, minimum hourly pay, non-existant health benefits, and cheap food. Why can't it be Gelsons that goes into Chapter 11?

Freshly Uneasy


Fresh and Easy moved in, a few years ago, into a mid-century shopping center on the SE corner of Vanowen at Sepulveda. The first time I went to this British import I left unimpressed. It was like buying groceries at IKEA. It felt impersonal and cheap. But gradually, in these years of lots of want…