An Ugly Utopia

Dear Metblogs Readers,

I’m writing to you from deep inside a trash heap that is the former Video Market space at 3607 Sunset Blvd in Silver Lake. For the past few months, this space has been under renovation, which means anyone living nearby has spent the past few months living with constant construction noise, often starting before 8:00 AM, rotten odors, clouds of drywall dust, particle filled air and a parking lot strewn haphazardly with piles of construction waste.
Pile of garbage in the NaturalMind parking lot, as seen from an apartment complex driveway next door
Pile of garbage in the NaturalMind parking lot, as seen from an apartment complex driveway next door

It wasn’t easy for me to find any information on the business that is moving into this space. A Google search didn’t reveal much, but I eventually found a post on announcing the grand opening of “NaturalMind” in September 2009 (with September almost over I assume they have fallen behind, as the building remains vacant).

From what I can tell, NaturalMind is going to be some kind of beauty salon, owned by a guy named Arnaud Ozharun. I found his e-mail address on the post, which I assume he wrote. Unfortunately, the e-mails I sent him were returned with this message, “Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently: [email protected]

On, Ozharun posted a rather lengthy description of his business and also of himself, describing NaturalMind as, “A utopian take on beauty.” Which made me laugh out loud when you consider the pile of garbage he has been forcing his neighbors to look at for months now.

“Natural Mind is a place to contemplate things other than oneself, yet change.” – Arnaud Ozharun

Whatever dude. I’m a reasonable person when it comes to things like this and I understand that, from time-to-time, it is necessary to deal with certain urban inconveniences, such as construction. I’m totally fine with that. What really bothers me is the garbage. Aside from the fact that it is likely harboring vermin, it’s an eye sore and I’m very much sick of coming home to a heap of trash that multiplies in size every day. They need to get a dumpster or remove the trash daily – and how about keeping the garbage in a different spot – like next to their own wall rather than pushed against a neighboring apartment complex’s wall?

I outlined my complaint and suggestions in that failed e-mail, so with no way of contacting the owner of NaturalMind and no success discussing the issue with the non-English speaking workers on site, I have e-mailed Eric Garcetti’s office asking for assistance.

If you have any suggestions for other ways to deal with this situation or know how to get in touch with the owner of this business, please leave a comment here.



5 thoughts on “An Ugly Utopia”

  1. I know the owner, though not well enough to make much of an intro. He lives on my old place right down the street from you. Just walk on down and say hello. I’m sure he’d rather have a stranger bang on his door than get shut down by the government. I’ll txt you his house number.

  2. If the thing with the owner doesn’t work, contact the Silver Lake CofC. They’ve been around a long time and have been pro-active in making the area better, not bigger. Their site is:
    I don’t live in Silver Lake but my chiropractor, Dr Cheryl Revkin is, and if the rest of the chamber is anything like her they’ll listen and do what they can.
    Good luck and for all of us, either living in the area or just passing through, thanks for getting involved in this.

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