When Sam Hall Kaplan cited "The Good, Bad and Ugly" in Los Angeles residential architecture (Feb. 14), he used a block in my neighborhood as an example of the latter.
Admittedly, his thrust was architectural compatibility with the neighborhood, so he probably didn't think it relevant to mention that the developer of this entire block has replaced 18 rental units with over 65 apartments contained in five new buildings.
Since the apartment rents start at $875 for a one-bedroom, one can imagine that they will be occupied mostly by two-car yuppie couples.
Although two of these buildings are not yet landscaped, so far 10 trees have replaced the 57 that were on these properties, along with innumerable full-grown shrubs and bushes, many of them as tall as trees.
What all of this means is that the number of birds that used to occupy the area will soon be replaced with the same number of cars. Such is "growth" on the Westside.
GEORGE P. ERENGIS