My wife and I enjoyed your June 10 front-page article, "Hike the World, Stay at Home," by John McKinney. McKinney's descriptions of the varied Southland terrain that's similar to places worldwide was outstanding and thought-provoking. It's refreshing to read a paean about our area after all the out-of-town media bashing--our smog, crime, overbuilding, traffic congestion, homeless, etc.
Admittedly, these are dire problems with no easy solutions. But this area still ranks as the place more people from all over the world would like to live (which, I guess, is part of the problem).