I wanted to respond to your editorial ("Redefining 'blighted,'" Dec. 4) criticizing Glendale's consideration of Rick Caruso's plan to expand the Americana at Brand.
The properties in question are located in a redevelopment area, which was created to improve the city's economic base. Neither the hotel nor the one-story vacant brick building are doing that. In fact, I recall when the hotel used to be a Best Western and (in my opinion) in much better condition than its current state.
The hotel is located next to one of the nicest retail locations in the country. Hotel owner Ray Patel had a great opportunity to take advantage of that, but instead has done nothing except complain that the value of his property has been impacted in a negative manner due to the development of the Americana. That is an absurd proposition.