Post WWII North Hollywood


The development of North Hollywood started in the early 1900s and was one of the earliest coherent towns in the San Fernando Valley. Its commercial district, along Lankershim Blvd. was lively, prosperous, and safe. After WWII, there was a brief flowering of progressive design along the commercial strip which sought to upgrade buildings and attract…

Trade For Print-a new short story


  "Trade For Print" is a new short story I wrote concerning¬†an unscrupulous photographer who lures a postal worker into fraud by offering young love for sale. The piece, entirely fictional, of course, takes place in North Hollywood and moves around on local boulevards and avenues: Chandler, Colfax, Bakman, Lemp and Lankershim. ¬†And includes such…

Among the Right Angles


The new community growing up around Lankershim and Magnolia is a place of right angles. Lofts and windows, rooflines and balconies: all are straight and horizontal, crisp and clean. I walked around here today, mid-day, in the white sun, along Chandler, McCormick, Blakeslee and Magnolia, in-between new apartment rental offices, new hair salons, new trees,…

Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, 1926


From the USC Digital Archives Collection.