Re. David Hansen's column "Digging into problem with our restaurants," Sept. 9: This article raised an issue many locals talk about: the lack of middle-priced sit-down food options. What this article lacks is a solution.
Instead of suggesting that rents are too high, which is why entrepreneurial restaurants can't open middle-priced dining establishments, this article should suggest that the city needs to use its power of zoning and entitlements to make this desire a reality.
Laguna Beach is a free market. If a landlord wants to charge an outrageous rent, and a tenant is not concerned with profit margin and is willing and able to pay such outrageous prices, so be it. That is what makes America great and I support this.