This is largely an answer to a letter from Dori Pye concerning the matter of a proposed new hotel in the Westwood Village.
The Westwood area is now surfeited with hotels. There are within the perimeter of the Westwood Map Plan 400 rooms, 300 adjoining the campus, 1,000 rooms in nearby Wilshire Boulevard hotels and perhaps a thousand more in nearby Century City. On Hilgard Avenue there is a super luxury hotel, the Westwood Marquis, immediately adjoining the campus.
Since 1986, in all the published reports of planning meetings, a hotel has never been named as an aim or goal of the proposed Westwood Plan. Even the Gruen plan mentions a hotel, not as needed to afford lodging for visitors to Westwood, but rather as a help to provide customers for struggling businesses in the village. Quoting Gruen in Companion Report, "Hotels provide a built-in 24-hour resident population in search of restaurants, entertainment and shopping." And again quoting Gruen, "Value of a hotel is to attract a diverse mix of evening users and to provide anchors for quality retail users."
Dori Pye does not even mention a need for a hotel to provide lodgings for visitors, but says a hotel "is needed to infuse new life into the community," to fill the empty stores and put new glass in shattered windows. A hotel should be built, in other words, to provide more customers for the struggling shopkeepers.