The Vertical Valley

Out: The Abandoned Church In: The Multi-Unit Apartment Complex
Out: The Abandoned Church
In: The Multi-Storey Apartment Whatever
Out: Hot Sheets Motel In: Mega-Apartments, with ground floor retail
Out: The Hot Sheets Motel
In: The Lifestyle Complex, and ground floor retail
Out: The Mini-Mall In: The Mixed Use Tower
Out: The Mini-Mall
In: The Glass Box 
Out: Abandoned Office Building In: Live-work spaces
Out: The long-abandoned Panorama Tower
In: “Live-work spaces”
Out: Green Arrow nurseries, after 50 years
Out: Green Arrow nurseries, after 50 years
In: Developer Renderings
In: Developer Renderings

God ain’t making any more of it. We got nowhere to go but up.

The post-war, asphalt parking lot, low density Valley prototype we’ve always known, beloved and dreckish, is going the way of the VW beetle.  It won’t be K-town exactly, but in five years Sepulveda Blvd is going to look a whole lot different.

God isn’t making any more of it

Panorama City, built for the car
Panorama City, built for the car
Panorama Towers today. Fifteen years empty...
Panorama Towers today. Fifteen years empty…
Remnants of Panorama Mall today. Though the car is still king...
Remnants of Panorama Mall today. Though the car is still king…
There isn't the same car culture
…there isn’t the same car culture.
When the three people above were born...
When the three people above were born, it was thus…
When the streetcar was king....
When their parents were born, the streetcar was king….
Before that, the horse was king
Before them, the horse was king.

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Here we are today. No streetcars. No horses. Plenty of cars. Houses built atop garages with no yards and no trees, squeezed four to a lot on the lots of old, ringed by a wall. It’s a single family home, but you can stick a broom out your window and scratch your neighbor on the shoulder while he’s shaving in the morning.  A century of Valley history squeezed into one frame.