If Paul Revere were alive today he would drive up and down the streets of Santa Monica warning the residents of the threat to their community from over development.
Paul would point to the proposed Gehry high-rise as a Trojan horse which would lead to other suffocating buildings being offered under the guise of good planning by developers (”Love, hate relationship with Gehry hotel,” March 23, page 1).
I’ve seen East Hampton gasp for nonexistent air as thousands of cars idle on Main street while neighboring Amagansett, NY has been successful in staving off “development rape” by fighting it.
The tax revenue from these new buildings wont pay for the infrastructure needed to support them but more importantly, the Santa Monica community, as we know it, will wither on the vine. Fair warning from Paul.