Jacaranda Season

Gothic Street

Urbanization encroaches, but the Valley retains an unextinguished surplus of beauty, lying in wait, ignored, ready to poke its head up to say hello when you are busy grousing about the world.

Turn the corner and there she is, primeval and glorious. At moments like this a life ensconced in 1950s architecture has a cranky kind of charm, considering the alternatives.

The vertical Valley is coming north and west one building at a time, leapfrogging blocks, out of scale with its surroundings. Godzilla stalking NoHo.  Kong on Sepulveda. It’s the tribute 2021 pays to 1950 to keep what we have.

6 thoughts on “Jacaranda Season”

  1. An otherwise gangly, not especially attractive tree, but for 4 or 5 weeks in late May and early June…..she’s Cinderella.

    As to Kong and Godzilla – they rampage not just in your beloved Valley. 5-stories above a podium are popping up like mushrooms after a spring rain everywhere I travel in So Cal. I’m not sure of the DU/acre these represent, but I suspect they are 4 or 5 times higher than whatever they supplanted, such as Kong’s dumpy little greenish-yellow neighbor in the photo. As correlation between between number of bedrooms and number of vehicles is close to 1.0 – just how the f*** is everyone supposed to get around? If someone so much as hints at “transit-hub zoning” I’ll laugh right in their face. LOL.

    1. You are more right than you know about the car to bedroom ratio. It is the little publicized dirty secret of transit hubs. The railway/bus is for out of area service workers who commute in to toil in the stores and restaurants. Shorter UpintheValley: hubs are bougie.

      1. Thx for the compliment….I know a few things….=) The bougie folk so excited about hubs (usually over-educated urban planner types) continually fail to grasp that our area is 20th century multi-nodal suburbia from top to bottom and beginning to end, and trying to overlay a 19th century spoke-and-hub model (Chicago, NYC, etc) is a total fantasy, which happens to be the world these urban planner types inhabit. I might also point out these are the same sort who comprise the bloated staffs of the Homeless Industrial Complex, and who sincerely believe that simply building more “affordable housing” at $600,000 per unit will “solve” the homeless crisis.

        Parenthetically, I’ve always had a chuckle when looking at the pretty color-coded zoning maps these Utopian planners are so fond of (“…..R-2 residential is in blue and goes here, you see, and retail is the red areas here, mid-density multifamily here, and here’s our zone for churches, mosques and synagogues….”). I wonder if these zoning maps are being updated to include permanent Homeless Zones, and what color will they use on their maps. LOL

        1. >>I wonder if these zoning maps are being updated to include permanent Homeless Zones, and what color will they use on their maps< < “What color is the Homeless Zone?” would be a great protest question at a public meeting. As a specific class of housing it should be zoned accordingly. If it doesn’t exist in zoning, why is it being funded?

  2. First, I want to compliment you on your prose. It’s as gin-clear as a trout stream in a Nick Adams story.
    Second, I’m going to commiserate with you. The western suburbs of Philadelphia are filling up with stick built humongous apartment complexes. They are terrifying, the only concrete is in the blocks comprising the elevator shafts.
    The proportion of subcon tenants must be close to 50%. The transformation of the Delaware Valley has been incredible. I can’t wait to get out.

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