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Protecting the Town’s Character

“There is a central quality which is the root criterion of life and spirit in a person, a town, a building, or a wilderness. This quality is objective and precise, but it cannot be named,” writes Christopher Alexander, architect and author, in his work, “The Timeless Way of Building.”

Laguna Beach has this central quality; you can’t say exactly what it is, but you see it and feel it and know it. We need to cherish our town and protect it. There’s nothing wrong with a for-profit enterprise; let’s just pare it down so it doesn’t damage our community.

A big toe looks perfectly natural next to the smaller ones, but not if the big toe is twice as big as it normally is; it looks ridiculous.

Mark Evans, Laguna Beach

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