Charles Lockwood's points regarding "L.A. Heart's Failure: . . ." (July 29) are well-taken.
My first job, almost 50 years ago, was with the Bank of America at 7th and Olive Streets. The department stores were decidedly distinct, one from the other, rather than the present homogenization.
Though times appeared safer than now, there also were more safeguards. Before Pershing Square was ruined by the underground parking construction, pedestrians could crisscross the park from corner to corner/side-to-side. One area, chained off, was designated "For Women Only." Police officers were at every intersection and officers walked the beat as well.
During my last visit, earlier this year, around and west of the Biltmore, the lack of small, interesting shops was obvious. Cities become homogenized when the Golden Arches are allowed into every shopping area.