Exploring an Old Neighborhood on a Cool Summer Afternoon Near Dusk.


Yesterday Andreas and I drove over to an old neighborhood to walk around and take photos. The location was south of downtown, and the 10; east of the 110, and encompasses streets such as Washington Bl, Central, San Pedro and Maple. Most of the houses were built in the early 1900s. They are wood cottages…

The Return of Light Rail


  For the future we now return to the past. The black and white photos all show how Van Nuys Bl. looked in the period from 1911-1957. Yesterday there was announcement from Metro. Metro will build a 9-mile-long light rail down the center of Van Nuys Boulevard, stretching from Sylmar to the Orange Line Van…

Option A is Off


The Metro Planning Board will not recommend the demolition of 33 acres of light industry near Kester and Oxnard that would have obliterated 58 buildings, 186 businesses and endangered 1,000 jobs within walking distance of downtown Van Nuys. “Option A” was a proposed light rail service yard that would have serviced a 9.2 mile public…

Option A: Just Plain Places


This blog has written 13 other times on “Option A”, a Metro LA proposal by the public transportation agency to wipe out 33 acres of industry in Van Nuys, near the junction of Oxnard and Kester, and replace it with a light rail service yard. It would destroy 1,000 jobs, displace 186 businesses and flatten…

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: Still Waiting


  In September 2017, 180 small businesses, 58 properties and 1,000 workers in Van Nuys learned they might be in the way of a 33-acre demolition project, Option A, proposed by Metro Los Angeles for a light rail service yard. Oxnard, Aetna, Bessemer and part of Calvert St., from Kester east to Cedros might be…