Kester Square: Bassett St/1950


With no down payment, for $44.50 a month, you could buy a brand new, 2 bedroom, 1 bath home in Van Nuys in 1950 starting at $7,950.00 ($83,033.63 today). Kester Square, a little pocket of 37 new single-family residences, was quickly erected in a few months and planted on old farmland just steps from Kester…

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…

One Day, Soon.


  One day, soon, there will be a revitalization of Van Nuys Boulevard. Gone forever will be the hopeless days when people laughed to mock it, or ran away in revulsion. All the central gathering places that should be occupied by civilized things, all the lots that hold parking, all the empty buildings along Van…

Thirty-Four Parking Lots in Los Angeles (1967)


  Thirty-Four Parking Lots in Los Angeles (1967) I previously wrote about this topic in 2014, but bring it up again as Los Angeles, and the State of California, are now in a furious debate about housing, cars, homelessness and how best to build. All B&W photographs below are by Ed Ruscha.  Ed Ruscha’s “Thirty-Four…

Option A: What the Neighbors Think.


Metro is planning a light rail train down the center of Van Nuys Bl. extending from Pacoima to Van Nuys, stopping at Oxnard St. Less probable is a dedicated bus line. Their final decision, as to what type of transport to build (bus or train) and where to service these will come in June 2018.…

Repavement and Regret


  For those whose intimate, internal bodily movements and outer mobility are regulated by motor vehicle, this was a weekend of challenge and frustration. Without official warning, or public service announcement, Victory Boulevard, all eight lanes of it, were repaved between Kester and Sepulveda. It was possibly the first time it had been improved since…