RE "Fall's Hush Breaks Over Venice" [Oct. 27]:
Your article brought back a flood of nostalgia for my time in Venice. From my vivid memory, the quintessential changing of the seasons: the wind erosion fences. Nothing symbolizes the transformation from the season of tourist infestation to the subdued somber grayness that you are now entering than those fences.
I had the privilege and the good fortune to live there from my late 20s to my late 30s. Thank you so much for the poignant reminder of my well-spent youth!
RALPH M. CASILLAS
\o7Mar Vista \f7
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WINTER in Venice, you did a great job! Feels like the neighborhood holds its breath all summer so Venice can return to them in the winter. Venice has changed since the early '70s when gunshots and helicopters were a nightly and common occurrence. Stroh's Deli was a laundromat and Equator Books was a car repair garage. Digs, the furniture store, was a large subdivided artist studio.
Even with all the changes, it's still Venice and for that we are grateful.
YOUR article slightly irritated this second-generation Angeleno. I remember when I would get to Rose Avenue, the spot my grandfather would go when he was a teen, in 15 minutes. And when I lived at the Palisades Trailer Park, my brother and I ambled across PCH. Sure, that was a long time ago.
I've lived in my 1908 Craftsman on the hill in Montecito Heights for 34 years, and I wouldn't trade that for anything, but it would be great to throw my bike in the back of my truck and be able to get to the beach in 15.