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 New Fire Station


Long fought, both for and against, a new No. 39 fire station is nearing completion at 14615 Oxnard at Vesper, west of Van Nuys Boulevard. It replaces a smaller, historic one on Sylvan Street across from the Valley Municipal Building. The older one is from the 1930s, and was a fine looking structure in the Art…

11 Ideas to Improve Van Nuys.


For almost twenty years I’ve made a home in Van Nuys, CA. And since 2006, I have published this blog: walking, photographing and writing about a peculiarly blessed, and unjustly afflicted section of Los Angeles. Here are some 11 ideas that I am proposing to better Van Nuys, especially Van Nuys Boulevard: Create Walkable, Garden…

Option A: Just Plain Places


This blog has written 13 other times on “Option A”, a Metro LA proposal by the public transportation agency to wipe out 33 acres of industry in Van Nuys, near the junction of Oxnard and Kester, and replace it with a light rail service yard. It would destroy 1,000 jobs, displace 186 businesses and flatten…

Option A: “Where Will We Go?”


The proposed Metro Los Angeles scheme (“Option A”) desires, through eminent domain, to flatten 186 small businesses employing some 1,500 workers just steps from downtown Van Nuys. The 33-acre area extends from Oxnard St on the south to Calvert St on the north, Kester St. on the west and Cedros on the east. In this…

Option A: Destruction Dressed Up as a Dream Scheme.


From Oxnard north to Calvert, from Kester to Cedros, in Van Nuys, Metro Los Angeles is proposing a 33-acre light rail repair yard. “Option A” will require the eviction, demolition and clearing of some hundred or more businesses that hug the Orange Line industrial area. To the casual passerby, this area looks like a shabby…