There is too much light in this city. It is a well known fact. So it is not surprising that there is a need to reduce the intensity of this light in most places. On this Ventura Bd coffee shop, you have a horizontal vision of things. Newspaper boxes at the corner of the street in the bottom stripe, the ever present palm trees on the top stripe… and the sun. The urban grid was designed for cars and it wouldn't be L.A. if there was not a flow of automobiles. If you have seen pictures of the town in the thirties, it is already large avenues, low houses and cars. As you can observe, there are only two people sitting in this whole large area, probably resting after walking their dog. What is more surprising for a contemporary picture is the quasi absence of SUVs, and only one truck ! The division in horizontal bands is quite an obvious visual choice in Los Angeles since, apart from downtown and Century City, there are very few tall buildings. And it makes you even more conscious of the hills, an essential element in this very strange environment.