Changing Character

I live in a very pleasant suburb of Los Angeles called Pasadena.  Many of you will know it from the Rose Parade and Bowl.  But it also has a number of people who object to any sort of dense housing, saying “it will change the character of Pasadena.”

So I can’t help but think what they would say about:

Wren: “It’s terrible!  What he wants will change the character of the city!”

Haussmann: “It’s terrible!  What he wants will change the character of the city!”

Burnham and Root: “It’s terrible!  What they want will change the character of the city!”

Sullivan: “It’s terrible!  What he wants will change the character of the city!”

Le Corbusier:  “It’s terrible!”  OK, in that case it is.