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Initiative and Architects

July 13, 1986

Saul M. Salka's letter (July 6) suggesting "constructive changes" to the Braude/Yaroslavsky density initiative reveals a lack of understanding of the initiative and its goal of restricting and limiting destructive impact of excessive commercial development in primarily residential areas.

His letter was a mishmash of bad arithmetic, misinformation and confusion on the initiative process. Very few architects will agree with Salka's assertion that "the most gifted architects might find it impossible to design a building" if the initiative passes.

Actually, an architect will be freed to concentrate on designing a building consistent with the site and neighborhood instead of his client's inflated expectations and ego.

MAX W. STRAUSS

Los Angeles

Strauss is a former Beverly Hills director of building and planning.

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