I truly believe that Rick Caruso and the Americana at Brand have been and will continue to be a tremendous boon to Glendale, serving to reverse a lot of the disastrous redevelopment that has taken place over the past 35 years ("What public benefit would come of Caruso's quest?" Jan. 18).
However, I read some of the articles detailing Caruso's aggressive bid for the Golden Key Hotel with dismay.
Recently, several of my relatives came to Glendale from the Midwest for the first time. When I arrived to meet them at the Golden Key, they were already singing praises for the hotel — the rooms were so clean; the front desk staff was so very friendly.
When I suggested that we go to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner, we walked the short distance from the Golden Key into the Americana, and they were amazed! They marveled at the fountains and all the beautiful surroundings. And they ended up spending a fair amount of time not going to Disneyland or Hollywood, but shopping and dining and spending money right here in Glendale.