The Empty Spaces


Large expanses of asphalt and black tar bake in sun day after day. These are the parking lots behind retail stores, many untenanted, forgotten and forlorn on the west side of Halbrent,north of Erwin, east of Sepulveda. This area is chiefly known for two businesses: The Barn, a six-decade-old, red-sided furniture store and Star Restaurant…

OSH Appliance Department Closing.


About a year ago, when Americans imagined the economy was rebounding, Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) on Sepulveda (and in other locations) opened an appliance department where $1200 washing machines and $1500 refrigerators would allegedly be snapped up by those cash rich Van Nuys residents whose homes had lost 50% of their value. Chirpy long haired…

14723 Victory Blvd.


K.A. Perfume Paris 14723 Victory Bl. Van Nuys, CA 91411

Reseda and Sherman Way/Late 1950s.


The Opulent Era: R.I.P.


Joan's on Third, originally uploaded by ann-dabney. I ate lunch at Joan's on Third today, a place that I consider a really excellent food emporium, redolent of New York, with opulent sandwiches, delicious desserts, gorgeous women and so many cupcakes. But on a walk, after lunch, we passed store after store that was going out…

1520 Cahuenga


1520 Cahuenga, originally uploaded by Here in Van Nuys. Went here today. A new retail space with an open air alley that connects Cahuenga to Ivar. Some of the stores include the great architecture and design shop Hennessey and Ingalls as well as, of course, Urban Outfitters. North of Sunset, south of Hollywood Bl. on…