Alternative housing

Regarding the article "Banks Try to Salvage Empty Office Buildings," Jan. 7: I have no sympathy for developers who continue to build industrial space in the face of years of glut, nor for banks that continue to finance them.

My sympathy goes to the general public, who will wind up footing the bill one way or the other. We should get something out of it. Why not convert unneeded office space to much-needed moderate-cost housing? William H. Venable, Falls Church, Va.

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