Urban Palimpsest

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The layers of civic history, peeling. First appliances, then bail bonds.  Then, for twenty years, porn.

Gone is Brand X Video.  Soon to be born is the latest undisclosed piece in the redevelopment of the New Van Nuys boulevard.

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Meanwhile, several doors down, the very promising Farm Table restaurant has empty tables. I can’t look.

Quickly everybody, go over there and buy one meal, as an act of civic patriotism, before it turns into a payday lender or dialysis center.