Stop, Thief!


Yesterday, around Noon, I went to meet my brother for lunch near his office at LaBrea and Wilshire. I was early. We weren’t meeting until 1pm so I took a walk along the south side of Wilshire heading west, passing Detroit, Cloverdale and S. Cochran. On the north side of Wilshire, I saw a middle-aged…

CicLAvia Event: Sunday, April 6th 9am-5pm


This Sunday, April 6th, from 9am-5pm, Wilshire Boulevard, from Downtown LA to Fairfax, all six miles, will be free of automobiles and entirely owned by pedestrians and bicyclists. The event was created by CicLAvia, an organization promoting healthier and humane alternatives to the dystopia of LA's car enslavement. 100,000 people are expected to attend this…

I Like This Building.


Wilshire/Vermont., originally uploaded by Here in Van Nuys. In Los Angeles, where development above the subway stop was only invented about 3 years ago, many "architectural" critics are aghast at the minimalist apartment house on Wilshire and Vermont. From the first time I saw it, I liked it. It has a Northern European modernist air.…

Apartments Above the Metro Line.


A lot of what is built in LA is heralded by boosters as being the start of some new epic in this city: Dorothy Chandler Pavillon, Disney Hall, Citywalk, Getty, Disneyland. But do these mega-projects contribute to our daily life? Quietly and almost in an un-LA way, the construction of apartments along the MTA Red…