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Downtown Skyline Becoming Distinctive

July 19, 1987

I read Sam Hall Kaplan's column on Los Angeles' downtown skyline (June 28) with great interest.

While downtown Los Angeles may lack the density of New York or San Francisco, the imagination of Houston or Dallas, or the old-and-new mix of Chicago, I feel our downtown is very distinctive.

True, those monoliths of the '70s building boom, First Interstate, Arco Towers and the incredibly boring Union Bank Square were no architectural roses.

But our most recent additions, Wells Fargo, Crocker Center, California Plaza and others offer a clean, sleek identity to a city that in the 21st Century will be this nation's number one location for recreation, business and residence.

For too long downtown Los Angeles has been a joke to many. "I went looking for downtown L.A. and I couldn't find it." Well, that joke holds no water today.

ELIJAH JONES

Los Angeles

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