Having experienced the ongoing destruction of Montana Avenue and other city thoroughfares in Santa Monica over the past few years, I was pleasantly surprised to see your article reporting the protest arising over the latest abomination, namely the restriping of the commercial district.
The last thing this neighborhood needs is to become a "pedestrian-friendly" circus, as has happened on Third Street.
Those of us who live here are perfectly capable of walking to and on Montana to do our shopping without help from the city planners.
People from all over Greater L.A. come here to shop and enjoy the ambience of a neighborhood. Residents use Montana as an east-west artery to travel between the beach and West L.A.
This arrangement was working just fine until the city started narrowing the east end of the street and adding signals and stop signs. Now traffic roars through adjacent residential streets, causing accidents and endangering pedestrians.