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    What’s so bad about a city all one color?

    I have just returned from a trip to Israel that included a 10-day stay in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is of one color — a very pleasing and restful beige limestone. Citizens there respect the idea of one color — inspired by the fact that it is a Biblical city, they say. (Also, pragmatic to use a natural building material present everywhere there.)

    Malibu will never “rate” as a Biblical site but the idea of muted earth tones for buildings here will help our eyes to rest first on the beauty of the mountains and interesting ridgelines before going to our less attractive structures.

    The thought is to keep Malibu livable in every way.

    Dorothy White