Where were all these geniuses when the US first invaded Iraq, and later Afghanistan? All these wars and all the spending overseas, not to mention weapons expended on such wonderful allies as Pakistan, is directly visible in the deplorable condition of American infrastructure.
Here in Southern California we have a substandard school system, bursting water pipes, pot-holed pavement, bankrupt police and fire departments, cutbacks in every type of poverty aid; cities who are laying off park, sanitation, and medical personnel; and a public transport system which would be fine in a city of 4,000 people.
And we don’t have glorious public parks, efficient and clean streets; underground electrical, or well-patrolled and safe neighborhoods.
If you take a Google Street View of any street in Denmark, Finland, France, Sweden, Germany or Italy and compare it to many sections of Los Angles, you will have a real life story of how our nation is literally decaying and dying and how our leaders continue to pour money into useless and self-defeating war that is bankrupting us financially and morally.
Go to Google Street view and compare bombed out Dresden, Germany in 2011 to the victorious San Fernando Valley or Detroit, Michigan and see how the US treats its own.
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Sometime in the 1980s, the mini-mall took over Los Angeles and this city has never been the same.
There were always commercial buildings, but up until the 80s, they had something to say to the community other than crass crude ugliness.
The mini-mall exists partially due to a weak city government, voracious greed, community apathy and an ignorance of design.
One can love business and extol the need for trade, jobs and prosperity without endorsing blight and environmental degradation.
The photos above show 6811 Sepulveda Boulevard Van Nuys, CA 91405-4402. It is on the NW corner of Vanowen and Sepulveda and was constructed in 1986.