Daniel Jansenson’s column on August 15 (“Santa Monica housing needs added flexibility”) represents the kind of thinking needed in our city’s planning department. By focusing on a smaller, more human-level approach, Mr. Jansenson’s recommendations would have a wealth of benefits for Santa Monica: an incremental increase in the amount of housing, added revenue for homeowners to cover their cost of living, and a development of the kind of urban village vibe that makes for a saner city. It would likely be opposed by our friendly neighborhood developer front groups and their puppets in city government because it wouldn’t allow for the kinds of monster construction projects that would line their pockets and drop thousands more cars onto the streets. All the more reason to make Mr. Jansenson’s proposals a reality.

Adam Rakunas

Santa Monica

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