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REAL ESTATE
June 24, 1990
I was deeply saddened to read that Sam Hall Kaplan will no longer be writing for the L.A. Times. Not only was his acerbic wit a delight, but he is an important advocate for neighborhoods, quality of life and citizen participation. NAN MERRITT Glendale
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December 31, 1992
The pair of articles by Sam Hall Kaplan and Frederick Nicholas (Opinion, Dec. 21) regarding the seemingly now inevitable Disney Concert Hall could no more strongly characterize the tragic dichotomy of Angeleno life in general and of downtown specifically. On one hand, Kaplan observes the obvious: "The centrist trickle-down theory doesn't work." On the other, Nicholas has clearly not wandered around downtown very much: "It is at the hub of this sprawling and fragmented metropolis that its many diverse communities come together."
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REAL ESTATE
February 23, 1986
We appreciate the generally favorable coverage given to our P/A Awards architectural competition by your critic Sam Hall Kaplan in his article (Jan. 26), but we must take issue with some of the statements. He questions the eligibility under our competition rules of the award-winning house designed by Robert Mangurian Studio Works of Venice. He then states that such doubts "prompted the magazine to comment that it will reconsider the award as well as reexamine the administration of the program."
REAL ESTATE
June 24, 1990
I rejoice to hear Kaplan left your mighty paper. Please do not allow him to return. For years this uninspired, angry columnist has been allowed to seek and destroy everything in his path. He is negative and not constructive. Enough! RALPH G. CROUCH Sherman Oaks
REAL ESTATE
April 19, 1987
Bravo! Sam Hall Kaplan had his finger on all the right buttons in your article on the school board--I sure hope they read it, and wise up. SCOTTY FRIEDLANDER Hollywood
REAL ESTATE
September 20, 1987
I want to thank Sam Hall Kaplan for his thoughtful and insightful coverage of Taliesen Gates (Aug. 30.). We all thought his column was sensational. KATE FLITNER Phoenix
REAL ESTATE
February 1, 1987
Regarding Sam Hall Kaplan's request for information on painted lines around trees on Hill Street (Jan. 11), he certainly did get the runaround, or should I say "phone-around"? He displayed much patience and determination. Congratulations! DOROTHY BEFFMAN Los Angeles
REAL ESTATE
February 5, 1989
Kudos to Sam Hall Kaplan on his column, something I never expected in the real estate section. He aptly described the deterioration in housing, transportation, environment and financial status in Los Angeles under the Reagan regime. Not included is the loss of moral tone in our government. LEN ZIRALDO West Hills
REAL ESTATE
February 18, 1990
The column by Sam Hall Kaplan ("A 125-Story Consciousness-Raising," Feb. 4), brings a little bit of rationality to the gigantic programs proposed for the Ambassador Hotel by the L.A. Board of Education and Donald Trump. As for the people of the Board of Education, Kaplan points out it is time they should start thinking that a school does not need 23.5 acres of land, especially when acres for $2 million each, are only to benefit 10% of the student body. The administrators and the members of the board of any scholastic institution should know by now that this nation needs more educated students than illiterate athletes.
REAL ESTATE
February 4, 1990
I very much appreciated Sam Hall Kaplan's reference in his "Closing a Decade of Design: Some Hits and Misses" (Dec. 31) to the troubles of the Pershing Square redevelopment organization, and I wish that he would pursue it. When I called them last year to ask why no progress had been made, I was angrily told that "people like you" had not supported or donated to the cause and that this was necessary because business did not want to fund it alone....
REAL ESTATE
November 5, 1989
Daniel E. Powell's huffy letter (Oct. 22) about the contents of the Real Estate Section exhibits a peripheral vision problem, a common optical impairment among business nabobs who look at the world through their office windows. With this limited view, Powell can't see that a newspaper such as The Times has a very broad readership that represents myriad interests. In doing right by its readers, it perforce has the tough job of providing something for everyone. So The Times is correct in running stories on the maintenance, remodeling, landscaping, insuring, buying and selling property, plus the insightful articles by Leon Whiteson and Sam Hall Kaplan.
REAL ESTATE
August 27, 1989
Thank you for a provoking article ("Is Architecture Becoming the Latest Merchandising Fad?" by Sam Hall Kaplan, Aug. 6). As a graduate of SCI-ARC, I know well the elitist view noted by Michael Ross. It is refreshing and encouraging to see an alternative view of the "funky, punky structures" in such a widely read publication as The Times. Please know that there are many in the profession who agree with (architect John) Lautner. To question the validity of the trendy work so prevalent in the media these days is somewhat akin to the emperor himself pointing out that he has no clothes.
REAL ESTATE
July 23, 1989
I am one of the short-sighted, recalcitrant neighbors of the Pan Pacific ("Pan Pacific Should Rise From the Ashes," by Sam Hall Kaplan, June 18). It is evident Kaplan doesn't participate in life in the Fairfax District, that place he implies holds itself in isolation from the rest of the city. This is where it takes 30 minutes to travel on 3rd Street between Crescent Heights and San Vicente, at 2 in the afternoon. This is where we will soon have some 30 movie theaters (not including the proposed Pan Pacific plan)
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