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'Fragile Planet'

August 31, 1988

Your editorial rightly raises concern over the world environment, but what about our local environment? Further into the paper there are stories about the proposed city of Malibu and forces against it and the destruction of the open space where the Renaissance Faire is held to build more houses.

The English call the many parks and greenbelt around London "the lungs of the city." It is just as true of Los Angeles. Not only do trees and open space regenerate the atmosphere, but the opposite is true when the land is subdivided for more houses. More houses mean more cars. More cars mean more smog because of more traffic.

The loss of this vital open space around L.A. is solely for the benefit of real estate speculators and money-hungry developers who would turn Southern California into a vast cement jungle only for profit.

The whole world cannot live in Southern California. The price is too high, the irreversible loss of all that made this state a special place to live!

EDWARD ANDREW MANN

Thousand Oaks

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