Sepulveda Fantasy


It’s a futile fantasy exercise to go the website Architizer and see what they are building in other wealthy cities around the world where 100,000 homeless people do not sleep on the street and it is isn’t considered normal to have shopping baskets full of trash polluting parks alongside $2.5 million dollar homes. Here is…

Box Walk/Santa Monica.


For awhile now, residential modernism has been in charge in Los Angeles. There was a period, roughly paralleling the 80s and 90s, when ersatz historical structures were the rage. Overdressed, highly embellished and gaudy. But the stripped down box, the serious architect’s preferred style, is now the only way to build, especially on the west side…

John Lautner in Sherman Oaks (1950)


  Residence of Louise Foster 4235 Las Cruces Drive Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, 1950. Designed by John Lautner. Credit: USC Digital Archives. SaveSave

Stories From Our Landscape.


  This writer and three others will have their short stories read aloud at the Annenberg  Community Beach House on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 6:30pm. My story, "The Bright Shop", concerns a  European refugee who designs a new life in 1960s Los Angeles only to see it crumble on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Actor…

Crest Apartments


    One of the best buildings in Los Angeles has opened in one of the least likely locations. Crest Apartments, 13604 Sherman Way, is a $20 million dollar, 45,000 s.f.,  64-unit apartment for the Skid Row Housing Trust. It is east of Woodman Av. It provides special needs support for the chronically homeless as well as veterans.…

Little.


Little, petty woman, living in your shell Married, bored, angry and morose You have so much on your plate Life passed you by Sitting in your car, looking at your phone, stuck in traffic Honking, texting, daydreaming Medicated, distracted, burdened Out there the world is dancing and smiling Without you Celebrities always smile What happened…