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Fat Lots, Skinny Houses

March 18, 1990

I was very moved by the letter (March 4) regarding "tall and skinny" homes being built all over Redondo and Hermosa Beach. I used to live in Hermosa Beach and witnessed firsthand the paving over of the Hermosa Hills with tall and skinny 19-foot-wide houses. I then moved to my favorite street in Hermosa, Harper Avenue, which I thought would be safe from destruction. Harper is a quiet, one-way hilltop street with some of the few remaining 50-foot-wide lots in the beach area.

Unfortunately, a couple of years ago, builders attacked the Harper Avenue homes, tore them down and erected two gangly 19-foot-wide homes in their place. The price of homes on 50-foot-wide lots in the beach communities is now so high that it is cheaper to buy a home in Palos Verdes.

I hope to see more coverage of this "endangered species," and that something can be done to protect these big lots!

RON JOHNSON

Rolling Hills Estates

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