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…

Option A: Good News From Nury.


Over the past few weeks, this blog has been engaged in enlightening the community about a potentially lethal plan, proposed by Metro, to construct a light rail service yard over the graveyard of 33 acres of businesses radiating NE from Oxnard and Kester. “Option A” would bulldoze four blocks of small, family run companies, employing…

The Snack Pit.


  There were plenty of pizzas and sodas at last night’s meeting of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. Exasperation was the theme of the meeting. Ten tables long, the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council has now grown, along with waistlines, to encompass twenty people; and the length of the officials with made-up titles now almost pours…

The Plaintive Call.


  A few weeks ago, around 7:30 at night, I received a phone call from an upset stranger. “Paul Dunbar” said he was a neighbor. A woman had given him my number. And told him Andrew, at “Here in Van Nuys”, might be helpful. Mr. Dunbar explained that he lived with his wife and two…

Blight Walk.


The houses are unoccupied, neglected. The parched grass grows high, bottles and cans are everywhere, and their owners are seemingly oblivious to their blighted properties. This is not a slum. This is Columbus Avenue between Hamlin and Kittridge, where some absentee owners have allowed large parcels of land to fall into abuse, or permitted and…

Future Gardens of Van Nuys?


One of the continuing themes of this blog is to look at what we are and imagine what we might be. I think about that as I walk around Van Nuys, a misbegotten and deformed district. But also an oddly lucky place where land is abundant and cheaper, yet frequently and usually, neglected and wasted. At 14550 Sylvan…