Urban Palimpsest


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.


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.