Densmore and Stagg, N. of Saticoy.


Drive west on Saticoy St., past the 405 and turn right/north, onto Densmore Avenue.  You are still, according to Google Maps, in Van Nuys. (all apologies to Lake Balboa, which seems to have some fourteen boundariesaround its neighborhood.) On Densmore, near Stagg, you’ll find, as I did, a neat, monotonous, hard-working district of small companies; mostly…

Riots of Color


Urbanize LA is a website showing new development around our city. I get updates from them and see what architecture is going up and what it looks like. In residential multi-family buildings, modernism is triumphant. Today, every building is uniquely ahistorical, without any reference to past classical styles, which, in a way is good. Los…

Stories From Our Landscape.


  This writer and three others will have their short stories read aloud at the Annenberg  Community Beach House on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 6:30pm. My story, "The Bright Shop", concerns a  European refugee who designs a new life in 1960s Los Angeles only to see it crumble on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Actor…

Juvenile Gang Style, Van Nuys, 1951.


Members of a juvenile gang ("Jack's Gang") wait outside of the Valley Municipal Building, August 14, 1951. They were charged with possession of numerous weapons.Gang members in the early 1950s were quite different from our modern gangsters.Thin, lanky, well-groomed, they wore argyle socks, dress trousers with cuffs, or, like one young man, dark jeans with…

Ray Chu.


He is the nephew of the founder of Nautica. Ray is studying theater at NYU and has a keen eye for clothes and vintage style. He cites old movies, Cary Grant and AMC's "Mad Men" as inspiration.