Louie’s Liquor

Louie’s Liquor, originally uploaded by Here in Van Nuys.

Sometimes it seems, driving at dusk, on Reseda and Saticoy Boulevards, there is a liquor store at every corner.

When the heat has broken, people come out of their cramped homes and walk the street in waning daylight.

They are the faces of the world: Latinos, Armenians, Blacks, Koreans, women in hijab pushing baby strollers.

Reseda at dusk is a crummy beautiful place, a land of liquor stores and Dodger billboards, tacos and lotto, Corona and Cerveza, check cashing, bottled water, Marlboro and ice and Western Union moneygram.

America on TV is a white family in a white house with a white picket fence.

But here in Reseda, packed into thousands of apartments and houses, are the teeming people who work all day and take a little walk at nightfall.