There are proposals currently under consideration for the building of two 500-room hotels on the coastline of Rancho Palos Verdes.
I don't know how or when it began, but it seems to me that there's a crazy kind of race going on, to crowd ourselves out of existence, or at least, out of peaceful existence. There's this frantic effort to make sure no piece of ground is vacant. Wherever there's a vacant lot, there's a rush to build something on it, something that will bring money and a whole lot of people, and more cars and smoke and noise.
I just don't get it--it would seem logical that we'd all be trying desperately to hold on to what little bit of nature is left--and especially our seashore. But I get the feeling that I'm in the overwhelming minority on this, and that I'm losing the fight--losing to the "Big Three"--greed, ignorance and apathy.
When all the land along the coast has been built on, will these money-mad developers come up with a way to build giant hotels and shopping malls on the ocean itself? Don't they wonder about these things when they're sitting in a sea of stop-and-go traffic on Hawthorne Boulevard, breathing exhaust fumes and going nowhere? Don't any of them have grandchildren, and don't they want to preserve some of this earth and ocean and air for them? Am I all alone in this? Why should I have to persuade my City Council to keep what we've got left the way it is?