Los Angeles is my home. I was born here, and aside from a year in Santa Cruz, I’ve spent my whole life in this city.
When I was young I accepted LA as it was. As I get older I’m getting more and more concerned about the way the city is growing. Change is inevitable. Development is necessary. The question is who will shape the way the city grows. Politicians, developers and architects are part of the equation, but the citizens should always have the loudest voice and the last word.
The people of Los Angeles need to be involved in the decisions that are being made about LA’s future. I know that’s not easy, since most of us have plenty of other things to keep us busy. On top of that, the issues are often so complex that it’s sometimes difficult just to wade through all the information. But if we don’t get involved, the choices will be made for us, usually by people whose main motivations are money and/or power.
I’m trying to get more involved, and this blog is a part of that effort. I look forward to hearing your comments. And you can reach me by e-mail at….
The image of Hollywood and the downtown skyline was taken by photographer William Reagh in 1991. It comes from the Los Angeles Public Library’s on-line archives.