Some Old Van Nuys Restaurant Menus


50 or more years ago people (of means) ate out perhaps once a week. In Van Nuys, up until the late 1960s, the dining scene reflected the overwhelmingly white make-up of the region. The vast immigration from Central and South America, Africa and Asia that has made present day Los Angeles so varied and so…

Van Nuys Boulevard: Between Sherman Way and Saticoy (Part 1)


Bustling, aesthetically hideous, vibrant, multi-ethnic, colorful, trashy, tacky, inhuman; filled with families, vagrants, small businesses and the newest Americans. Van Nuys Boulevard, between Sherman Way and Saticoy, that is where the action is. Reformers and planners might dream of trees and benches near the Valley Municipal Building, in the old downtown, but Van Nuys has…

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…