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Development, Opinion, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Is Bursting At The Seams With Development: Letter To The Editor

Posted Mar. 23, 2013, 9:21 am

Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor,

I've lived in Santa Monica since 1951. It was a wonderful city, and my children look back with happy memories of the '50s and '60s here. 

Now, with so much "development," Santa Monica is bursting at the seams. 

The acreage does not grow, but with one multi-unit residential building after another, and one huge business building after another, our city is just one enormous parking lot. 

Does anyone care that big apartment buildings with just a few parking spaces are adding more and more cars to our streets -- even as the streets are accommodating fewer lanes for cars, and more lanes for bicycles? 

I no longer have to get to work each day, and I sympathize with those drivers crawling to work each morning at two miles an hour. 

Nothing to do but a few phone calls and a few texting messages! 

I've loved to live here, and now can enjoy living on a nice street in Sunset Park with many wonderful neighbors.  And I'm sorry that most of them, being a few decades younger than I am, will never know Santa Monica as I did -- just a small beautiful city on the ocean with all the conveniences of a big city and none of the negatives. 

It's still beautiful, and we still have the ocean!  Enjoy!

Eleanor Espensen

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Mar. 24, 2013, 10:22:09 am

L. McCann said...

My husband and I sold our lovely condo in Santa Monica. Just walking distance to tower 26. My daughter lives in the Marina, attends SMC and has employment in a shop on the 3rd Street Promenade. It takes her hours to get to and from these locations when it should just take minutes. Her frustration is causing her anxiety. So she drives from home to the college where she parks her car (student parking pass), waits for a spot to open. Then walks or takes a bus to the Promenade from school to repeat going home. I say ban the cars like we did the plastic bags in SM. But that is just a dream.

May. 8, 2013, 11:01:55 am

Elevator Gal said...

Well, blah blah blah complaints and more complaints that's all I am reading. Slowly I turned with Peter Peter pumpkin eater who miked my little cow for free step by step, from Culver City to Santa Monica to Malibu LOL well, you get the picture Martha! All you former Westside gangers OK it is not what it used to be in Santa Monica that is why it was time to move pre-riots. End of story those who stuck around should not complain life is like a box of chocolats you never know what you're gonna get traffic, crime, ugliness, etc.

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