New Housing at Old Bank.


Last week, the LA Planning Commission approved 179 townhomes and 8 low-income apartments built partially out of the old North Hollywood Savings and Loan (later Chase) Bank at 4445 Lankershim Bl. at Riverside Dr. according a recent story in the Daily News. The 1961 building will be readapted for residential use, and include over 5,000 SF…

Vintage Car Washing: Los Angeles, CA.


The care, the compassion, the concern; the love, the affection, the authentic empathy for the automobile knows no bounds in Los Angeles. For here, the health and well-being of the car is of utmost concern to every red-blooded man, woman and child. In our city, a neglected, dirty, abused, uncared for car is truly a…

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…

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…

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…

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.…