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Housing and Urban Planning
Old L.A. and new mansions don't mix
Old L.A. and new mansions don't mix

The late comedian George Carlin used to say, "A house is just a place to keep your stuff." My corollary is, "The bigger the space, the more stuff." ("Return of 'mansionization' has some L.A. homeowners grumbling," May 4) The issue of mansionization in Los Angeles is the perfect manifestation of this principle. Our culture has become about stuff. And we need lots of space to house it, plus space for new stuff. The question for me is not how many bedrooms, bathrooms and offices are necessary, but what is an appropriate size? Bathrooms are now the size of small bedrooms. Walk-in closets (for all that stuff) could accommodate a bed. New kitchens have...

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