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December 1, 1988
Developer Joe Ayvazi reveals his true interest--money--when he threatens to demolish the historic Goode House in Glendale. His refusal to scale down or eliminate an apartment complex adjoining the Victorian landmark so that the house will be eligible for the National register of Historic places isn't surprising. The Goode House is, after all, just another parcel of land to men like Ayvazi. What is surprising, given the historical importance of the 101-year-old house, is that the city of Glendale never took any steps of its own to preserve the house.
October 4, 1998
Re "Regulators Take a Shot at Portable Hoops," Sept. 24: Not only are Orange County communities continuing to lead the nation in placing property values ahead of the welfare of children, but some of them are now so hypocritical as to pretend that their concern is for safety. What's next? Will they prohibit children from walking across streets? At least the Nellie Gail Ranch manager had the decency to admit that it was an aesthetic issue. From my misguided point of view, an aesthetically pleasing neighborhood is one where there are visible signs of children engaging in normal play at their own homes.
November 19, 1989
I've never before written a fan letter regarding a book review, but I must express my thanks for Richard Eder's thoughts on Umberto Eco's "Foucault's Pendulum" (Book Review, Nov. 5),which I have not yet read and probably never will. When "The Name of the Rose" was published to so much acclaim, I felt like a skunk at a lawn party. Throughout his novel, Mr. Eco grandstanded his own erudition in tedious tangents to an otherwise nifty story. I found the writing just plain literary bad manners.
March 6, 2002
Re "Letterman Bid Reflects ABC's Shift from News," March 2: Yes, let's keep America stupid. We don't need intelligent, thoughtful and incisive news shows like "Nightline" on at 11:30 p.m. when we can watch stupid pet tricks and sophomoric dillydallying on David Letterman's talk show. We have far too many serious things going on, like the World Trade Center bombing and the wars and worldwide terrorism running rampant. We need more Disney entertainment to keep our minds simple so we can absorb, like-minded, our president's simple-minded conception of evil.
July 12, 1986
We stand at a threshold of a community development. We are in the midst of tremendous change in many areas of life. I am among the first to acknowledge, as a promoter of change, that this condition can be stressful to us all, including managers of change, such as the City Council. However, any contemplative person recognizes that change itself is inevitable. Developers must change too. In fact, "change itself" is the stock in trade of developers. And historically, building technology has continually changed in response to a variety of factors.
January 14, 1990
As a Los Angeles land-use lawyer, I was appalled at the decision of the Los Angeles Planning Commission in the matter of the 10733 Wilshire Boulevard building (Times, Jan. 6). That decision, which denied to landowners the right to construct a building solely because certain members of the commission did not like the building's appearance, is a hard blow to our city's struggle to rise above architectural mediocrity. Early in the century the California Supreme Court held that a man may not be deprived of his property "because his tastes are not those of his neighbors."
July 7, 2002
I disagree with "When Choosing an Architect, Nail Down All the Fees First" (June 16), by Katherine Salant. As a registered architect with more than 20 years' experience in high-end residential homes and remodeling projects, the architect fees are the least a client should worry about. In negotiating to reduce a qualified architect's fee, the client is essentially removing a most valuable experience resource from a process where it is most needed. Architects are not just used for design and aesthetic considerations.
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