Arcadia is my hometown and since I have friends and family there and shop in its stores, I read with interest your article of Sept. 19 concerning the city's reaction to the recent influx of Asians.
I am surprised by the outburst of hatred directed at Mr. Kosugi's house. I've seen it and it is crisp and refreshing with its spectacular blue roof. Since an exuberant mix of architectural styles is one of Southern California's most famous charms (we natives think nothing of driving by a Victorian next to a Mediterranean next to a Craftsman next to an imitation Frank Lloyd Wright), I can't see how anyone could maintain that Mr. Kosugi has disturbed our stylistic harmony. At least his home has a defined architectural vision, which cannot be said for the depressingly ugly stucco boxes that dot the city.
I was also interested to read that the City Council has approved a sign ordinance regulating the use of Asian characters. I wish instead it would spend its time on what has been needed for decades: a sign ordinance controlling the ugly jumble seen on all the commercial streets. Our neighboring cities, Monrovia and Pasadena, have made enormous strides toward beautification with stunning results, while Arcadia's shopping areas look shabby and depressing.