Our Lost Vitality


Sepulveda and Erwin, Van Nuys, CA. Housing, it seems, is everything these days, the foremost topic on the minds of Angelenos.  Those who can afford it fear those who cannot. Fearsome, it seems, is our ragtag army of many thousands of un-housed vagrants who have established anti-communities out of shopping carts and tents, and made…

A Twelve-Acre Parking Lot


Erwin at Sepulveda, Metro Orange Line Parking Lot. When the Metro Orange Line opened in October 2005, it was a stunningly different type of transport system which combined a bus only road with a landscaped bike path that ran alongside. It cost about $325 million. It connected North Hollywood with Woodland Hills, and eventually carried…

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…

The Janitors’ Light Rail.


  “If you’re a housekeeper, janitor or dish washer, you need to get to work every day on time,” she said. “Buses don’t move as many people and as quickly as the light rail. That’s why we’re excited about the project that would serve people who are transit dependent.”[1] "As a mom, I can tell…

Squandered Opportunities


Nearing completion, now, is a one-story mini-mall on the north end of the LA Fitness parking lot near Sepulveda and Erwin. Pleasantly innocuous, in a beige/brown way, the mall (with circa 1999 cornice) is being landscaped, pretty extensively, all around, with various trees and shrubs to decorate the sea of asphalt. Zoned commercial,  this is…