Crossing Ventura.


Sometime in late 2018, early 2019, I’m not sure exactly when, they created a pedestrian crosswalk, with flashing lights, across Ventura Boulevard. at Ventura Canyon Avenue.  The crossing is about a block east of Woodman and a few doors down from Yok Ramen at 13608 Ventura where I go about once a week. This is in…

Six Decades Ago Along Sepulveda Bl. in Van Nuys.


Automobiles travel in both directions on Sepulveda Boulevard where it crosses Saticoy Street in Van Nuys; direction shown is unknown. A billboard advertises Signal Gas, pumped next door at the service station (left). Six decades or more along Sepulveda Bl in Van Nuys, life was very different than today. People conducted all their daily activities,…

The Bus Bench


“Despite a growing population and a booming economy, the number of trips taken on Los Angeles County's bus and rail network last year fell to the lowest level in more than a decade. Passengers on Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses and trains took 397.5 million trips in 2017, a decline of 15% over five years. Metro's…

A Great Wall on Burbank.


“Building-to-street proportion is the relationship between the height of buildings on either side of a street and the width between those buildings. An ideal proportion between these two creates a pleasant and visually interesting public realm. The public realm, therefore, may be considered as an “outdoor room” that is shaped by 
the “walls” of the…

2015 is Different.


2015 is a different year. Not only is it the first year I have ever entered without my mother, but around me, on the roads, in the skies, Los Angeles is changed. The economy, we are told, is back. There are more cars on the road. The air is acrid, and brown, and smelly. Gas…

Car Accident: Kester at Gilmore


Today, around Noon, a car stopped suddenly when a jaywalker darted across Kester near Gilmore. The driver who stopped was slammed from behind by a woman with young children in her car. LAFD and LAPD responded quickly. This same intersection was the site, last week, of an fatal accident between a 19-year-old on a motorcyclist…