I’m extremely glad to see the point of view adopted in Urban Sense’s latest column (“Santa Monica’s sustainable, smart, healthy development,” Room for a View, July 10). The authors use Vancouver as an example demonstrating the advantages of increased density. This is really a wonderful point they’re making. Vancouver’s population density is 13,590 per square mile. According to the city of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment, our city’s daytime population is a quarter-million people. This makes the city’s daytime density over 30,000 people per mile, or more than twice Vancouver’s density.

I gather that the column’s authors would like Santa Monica’s density to match Vancouver’s. The column didn’t explain how the authors, all with years of experience in matters of urban planning, intended to cut Santa Monica’s density in half, but no matter — If that’s the case, count me in!


Dan Jansenson

Santa Monica

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