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From: domainremoved <Diane>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2015 18:57:19 -0700

Dear City Council:


My husband and I are residents of Menlo Park. This summer you had an
"experiment" on Chestnut Street by closing off the side street between Santa
Cruz Avenue and Menlo Avenue and making it into a pedestrian walkway with a
sitting area and also movies one night a week. I would like to know as a
taxpayer how much this experiment cost the City and the taxpayers in time
(labor) and materials.


My personal opinion, which I assure you I am not alone in this respect, was
that it made the street look trashy with a trash bin and recycling bin at
each end of the block. One weekend there were chairs outside of the fake
grass area in front of the cement barricades with a chain through them. I
think this was done to anchor the trash/recycling bins? I am sure the
employees at Wells Fargo and the merchant on the other corner eventually
became accustomed to the rubber balls that landed on the side of their
building/windows. Middle school age kids were playing ball there one
afternoon and I can't imagine what it must sound like inside the building
(WF) when the balls hit. Your intent was honorable, but the effect was not
what I think you were striving to achieve.


I have lived in seven cities, including Menlo Park before returning here a
year ago. Santa Cruz Avenue has a wonderful blend of stores that are
normal (hardware, antique, etc.), high priced stores and several restaurants
to chose from. I think the City is unique in that regard given the price of
real estate and how difficult it is for merchants to stay in business.
This pedestrian walkway is not an answer to increasing foot traffic. Our
merchants need all of the help they can get, and something that would
definitely help them would be to extend the free parking hours from two
hours to three hours. Would parking meters help some of the City's
financial issues for the cost of parking? People never seem to mind filling
a parking meter with their lose change when they park. Just a thought.


Thank you for listening, and I look forward to receiving the cost


Diane Mabry

1202 Sharon Park Drive


Menlo Park

(650) 464-7297
Received on Thu Oct 22 2015 - 18:58:16 PDT

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