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…

Plowing Asphalt into Green Spaces.


click bottom center of photo to STOP. Two big parcels of land on Van Nuys Blvd., encompassing at least three acres, have come into being now, due to the demolition of the Keyes Mercedes building at Chandler and the emptying of Rydell Chevrolet on the NW corner of Burbank. To see these lots cleared is…

Culver City Mazda.


Photo: Here in Van Nuys Very soon, sooner than we might imagine, there will most likely be hundreds of dealerships, all over California, whose vast acreage will be emptied. People are simply not buying or leasing as many cars. Auto companies are not producing. There is a depression in the car industry. What can we…