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…

Van Nuys at Dusk: July 2, 2018.


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Los Angeles.


Los Angeles, it seems, is often in a housing crisis. UCLA has a collection of historic photos of our city, and from their extensive archives, I pulled out a few to show that poverty, sub-standard housing, and homelessness, are life conditions that ebb and flow in both good times and bad. In the 1930s, during…

Option A: Still Waiting


  In September 2017, 180 small businesses, 58 properties and 1,000 workers in Van Nuys learned they might be in the way of a 33-acre demolition project, Option A, proposed by Metro Los Angeles for a light rail service yard. Oxnard, Aetna, Bessemer and part of Calvert St., from Kester east to Cedros might be…

Small House in Japan (Why Not Van Nuys?)


The architectural blog Dezeen has a cornucopia of outstanding designs from around the world. They have many projects from Japan, including small homes, which the Japanese have constructed all around the densely populated country. The Gap House, by MUU Store Design Studio, (shown above) only covers a total area of 200 square feet, yet it…

Builders Emporium, Van Nuys, CA, 1950s


Item: Valley News, October 30, 1955 With $1,013,430,131 LA building permit valuations recorded for the first nine months of this year, all indications point to 1955 topping any previous year in the history of Los Angeles County construction, according to Ouentin W. Best, chairman of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Construction Industries Committee. The…