11 Ideas to Improve Van Nuys.


For almost twenty years I’ve made a home in Van Nuys, CA. And since 2006, I have published this blog: walking, photographing and writing about a peculiarly blessed, and unjustly afflicted section of Los Angeles. Here are some 11 ideas that I am proposing to better Van Nuys, especially Van Nuys Boulevard: Create Walkable, Garden…

Populating Van Nuys with Fine Architecture


  Van Nuys (b. 1911) began as a town, centered around a main street, connected to Los Angeles by streetcar and rail. It built its fire station, library, city hall,  police station, and its churches, schools, shops and post office steps apart. On foot, a person could buy a suit, take out a library book,…

Cinnamon Politics.


Cinnamon Politics A few months ago, I walked into a Santa Monica dry spice store that my friend and I had dismissed a few years earlier. It seemed ridiculous to us, that people, in the farm-fresh and organic era, would buy dried spices and spice blends at premium prices, and also waste money inside a…