Tom Cluster’s Van Nuys (1955-62) Part 2


Tom Cluster (b. 1947) lived at 6944 Columbus with his sister and brother and parents from 1955-1962. The family then moved to Pacific Palisades. He now lives in Northern California and has been sending me his recollections of life in Van Nuys in the 1950s. Here are some excerpts from his emails to me: “Everyone…

Tom Cluster’s Van Nuys (1955-1962).


A few weeks ago I received a lovely email, and some photos from Tom Cluster, a reader of this blog. Here is one excerpt: Dear Andy, I just discovered your blog about Van Nuys.  I'm entranced by it.  I'm almost 70.  Our family moved to 6944 Columbus Avenue in the summer of 1955.  It was…

Valerio at Van Nuys Boulevard


A few weeks ago I posted a two-part photo essay about my walk around Van Nuys Boulevard north of Sherman Way: Part 1 Part 2 I'm posting a few more images here, of buildings and businesses at the corner of Valerio and Van Nuys Boulevard. I caught them at dusk, which was close to 8pm on…

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…

Valerio, Orion and Cohasset Streets.


If they ever decide to revive Van Nuys, they might come up to Valerio, Orion and Cohasset Streets, north of Sherman Way, West of Sepulveda, East of the 405, an old place on the map where big estates sit in semi-ruins next to newer neighbors carved up and gated in. The old Valley comes and…