If anyone wants a preview of what Santa Monica will be like in a decade, spend some time by the Blue Line in Long Beach or Red Line in North Hollywood. The traffic in this city has become unbearable and the noise from non-stop construction of boring, cheaply-built rentals and condos has destroyed any semblance of a laid back beach town.

Recently I was in Montauk, N.Y. and the Hamptons. What a pleasure to see controlled and thoughtful development rather then the sleazy opportunistic “development” from the group that controls Santa Monica.

My guess is the money behind these massive projects all reside north of Montana Avenue. Does anyone else find it interesting that in that area they do not have low-income housing popping up on every other street corner?


David Oliver

Santa Monica

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