Glamorous Granny Flat.


All photos: Eric Staudenmaier The Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a second house built in the backyard of a first house to provide additional income for a “single family” homeowner. Los Angeles has now legally liberalized the lawto allow these types of dwellings to go up all over the city. The moral reasoning: this will increase…

One Story Town


One Story Town is Sepulveda Bl., from Oxnard St. north to Victory Bl. It is 2,569 feet long, almost a half a mile. It encompasses the Orange Line Metro Busway, LA Fitness, Costco, Wendy’s, Chef’s Table, The Barn, CVS, Dunn Edwards, Bellagio Car Wash, Wells Fargo Bank, Enterprise, Jiffy Lube and other small businesses selling…

Alleys and Architecture.


(Photos: Andrew B. Hurvitz) Last year, on a visit to Japan, I discovered alleys that were vibrant, clean and functional. In a country where 127m live on land mass that is smaller than California, space is put to good use. Little houses, imaginatively designed, are integrated into narrow streets and alleys. (Photos: Dezeen) Whether an entrance is…

Sunday Afternoon on Kittridge St.


It was late Sunday afternoon in December, here in Van Nuys. The air was brisk, the sun was low, a pork butt simmered in the slow cooker. This is the time of the year when you can see the mountains beyond the orange trees. Days are brief and what gets done gets done quickly. The…

San Diego Way


San Diego Way, originally uploaded by Here in Van Nuys. In Carthay Circle, not far from Fairfax and Wilshire, I stumbled upon a neighborhood of old homes, gracious and traditional, smack up against glass skyscrapers. Calm, clean, prosperous, and quiet, it represents one of those anomalies of life in Los Angeles, which people either find…