Posted October 14, 2015 by The Argonaut in Columns
Frustrated, but Not Surprised

Re: “D.A. won’t File Charges over Kardashian Midnight Fireworks,” argonautnews.com, Oct. 1

As a person who was startled out of my bed that night by what turned out to be a celebrity privilege firework show, I’m frustrated and disappointed by D.A.’s lack of prosecution. But I’m not surprised.

L.A. has much bigger problems than some screwy, media-hungry family who rudely decided to wake up tens of thousands of sleeping Angelenos at midnight. Hopefully we can all appreciate the fact that it will never happen again and go back to sleep on this issue. In any case, filing charges would move the Kardashians more into the spotlight than they deserve. After all, they’re simply famous for being famous, if you don’t count Caitlyn Jenner, and somehow people never do.

Spencer Greene
Playa del Rey

Save the 11th Street Bungalows

Re: “Choose History over the Wrecking Ball,” opinion, Oct. 8

I didn’t know the rich history behind this row of houses on 11th Street, but every time I pass I slow down a little as my eye investigates each and every porch, window and roof.

Thank you to Ms. Suntree for sharing this rich history that is all too precious to erase from our streets. I hope there will be actions to preserve 11th Street and save our history.

Valerie Fowler
Pacific Palisades

History isn’t just for the Rich

Re: “Choose History over the Wrecking Ball,” opinion, Oct. 8

I completely support giving these mid-city bungalows historic landmark status. We cannot just represent the history of Santa Monica by preserving the former homes of the wealthy.

As a member of the Santa Monica Conservancy and the Ocean Park Association, I am grateful for the historical homes landmarked in my neighborhood and I hope to see the rest of the city’s history honored and protected in this way.

Susan Mason
Santa Monica

Keep the ‘Architectural Documentary’ Rolling

Re: “Choose History over the Wrecking Ball,” opinion, Oct. 8

Please Landmark 1223 11th St. and give Historic Bungalow Cluster status to the group of bungalows on the block. As the article states:

“The whole cluster of early 20th-century bungalows on 11th Street between Arizona Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard is a rare piece of the city’s early history like nothing else within Santa Monica’s original boundaries, and this history deserves to be celebrated and protected.

“Still standing on the original subdivision in almost their original shape, these seven bungalows built between 1904 and 1913 (and one back house built in 1924) were homes to the middle-income people — carpenters, brick kiln owners and artists — whose dreams and schemes created our city and contributed to developing the film culture of Greater Los Angeles. Made of old-growth redwood and Douglas fir, they stand as a kind of architectural documentary about the life and growth of Santa Monica and a testimony to the ordinary people who actually did the work it took to create this city.”

Gayle Kimball

Count Me In

Re: “Choose History over the Wrecking Ball,” opinion, Oct. 8

I passionately support the preservation of the 11th Street bungalows. All her points are valid and she articulates so well our need for an appreciation of history.

I have known the house 1223 11th St. for over 20 years. I attended rehearsals there for the eco-political street theater troupe FrogWorks, when the house was known as “FrogWorks Central” and we were performing on the Third Street Promenade and all over the area to save the Ballona Wetlands.

I had my baby shower there, dog- and house-sat there, and tended the beautiful garden there, so it is close to my heart and part of my personal history as well.

Allaire Koslo
Lake Hughes

Me too!

Re: “Choose History over the Wrecking Ball,” opinion, Oct. 8

I’m writing in support of Susan Suntree’s idea that the still-intact original Santa Monica bungalows represent a specific and worthy historical window into the past and should be saved.

Gary Snyder

Nevada City

What We Owe the Past

Re: “Choose History over the Wrecking Ball,” opinion, Oct. 8

Susan Suntree’s essay arguing that cities create an identity by preserving their past is a compelling treatise for architectural preservation.

A house and a neighborhood are expressions of the consciousness of people — in the case of the latter, the collective consciousness of the people who originally chose to live there together. To know their homes is to know them. To preserve them is to preserve the character and the worldview of earlier generations.

That is the responsibility of the current generation. We hope future generations will do the same for us.

Charles Bailey
Houston, Texas


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