I was born in Santa Monica 92 years ago. The city was a quiet, lovely beach city. Now, it’s a duplicate of Beverly Hills. Everything is expensive — clothes, eating places. I can’t understand why the change! I can’t afford the mall, Montana Avenue or Main Street for apparel. Why do I have to go to Kohl’s, Walmart and Target in other cities? Are more buildings, condos, apartments more important than stores that the non-pricey people can afford?

I keep thinking that perhaps someone will do something to help us. Palm Springs, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage have both expensive and less expensive stores all over the city. Why are we less fortunate? Santa Monica is sad. No longer a charming beach city, just traffic and expensive living.


Peggy Charles

Santa Monica

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