Before saying goodbye to this column, I have a few predictions about how Laguna will look in 2019
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Before saying goodbye to this column, I have a few predictions about how Laguna will look in 2019

David Hansen, who began penning a column about Laguna Beach seven years ago, is moving out of town and retiring his column. He will continue to contribute articles to Times Community News. (File Photo) In 2019, my guess is Laguna Beach will do neither. Instead, it will take a new course and wake up. After a bruising 2018, which saw political brawls and neighborhood rebellions, Laguna will face recurring tests that will pit the old guard against the new whippersnappers. If Laguna embraces collaboration, there could be unprecedented progress in a city notorious for its obstructionist, milquetoast policies. My hope is that Laguna takes more chances and actually lives up to its brand as a world-class art colony that vigorously showcases its creativity, charm and intelligence. In 2018, the business community was a shadow of itself. Vacancies were at an all-time high. Resident-serving businesses continued to close. In the meantime, city rules continued to hamstring businesses, building owners and others from doing progressive, out-of-the-box development. I still believe the 36-foot height limit should be revisited in certain limited areas to allow for careful expansions and possible affordable housing. In addition, as my friend Chris Quilter has advocated, there should […]

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