Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrew Hurvitz.
Andrew, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a writer and photographer seeking to illuminate and explore the forgotten or overlooked areas of Van Nuys and beyond.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I always have struggled to find a career path. I worked in documentary television but found that the jobs were not utilizing my passions in writing and photography.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Here In Van Nuys story. Tell us more about the business.
I started Here in Van Nuys to express creatively my impressions, frustrations and dreams for this long neglected place. I envision a creative, walkable, community oriented place that needs to return to its pre-WW2 roots with a coherent small town, local businesses and even the reintroduction of agriculture such as orange and walnut groves within courtyard buildings evocative of old Los Angeles. We also should build imaginative and innovative new buildings grounded in humane, socially progressive ideals.
Recently, I worked with local businesses to fight Metro’s Option A light rail yard that would destroy 186 companies and 58 businesses employing 1000 people. We need light rail but we don’t need vast, insensitive and destructive demolition of neighborhoods to achieve more public transportation. We have to fight to preserve affordable light industrial spaces that produce jobs and economic vitality.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’m lucky to have a supportive partner, and to come from a family that valued education and closeness. Luck also includes being born in America, being white and male, even if these favored categories were also counteracted by being gay and Jewish. I’m lucky to be literate, to have the internet to self-publish, to have the luck of living in Southern California where you can screw up and still start fresh and people are tolerant, open minded and unique.
- Website: www.hereinvannuys.com
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