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Willows & Menlo Situation

From: domainremoved <Don>
Date: Sat, 20 May 2017 00:17:26 +0000 (UTC)

I was at the Wednesday evening meeting at Laurel school. I came away confused and bewildered.The state plans to spend in the neighborhood of 70 milliondollars to “improve” the 101 overpass. I can’t see what they intend toaccomplish.At rush hours, 101, Willow road and highway 84 across theDumbarton bridge or onto Willow Rd west are at a standstill. Just what good isdoing anything to the overpass when once off 101 there is nowhere to go? Trafficwill eventually back up onto 101, thus improving nothing.I was impressed that the city doesn’t expect the change toimprove the traffic situation on Willow Rd. Then, why do it?Another issue is the planned addition of hundreds of housingunits in and around Menlo. Each of those units will represent at least oneadditional car – probably more.The obvious outcome of this will be to make traffic matterseven worse.Yes, I know there are regulations about additional housing –a rule made without considering existing conditions and taking no notice of howthe addition will affect those who already live there. This is kind of likesaying, “lets you and him fight”. I don’t think that this is NIMBYism. It is just making a badsituation worse.I have been a resident of the Willows for 45 years. The changes have become depressing. Cut through traffic,sold houses being demolished, being replaced by “mega mansions” of beigestucco, destroying the charm of the diversified architecture that had existed.And, for 6 + hours of the day, not being able to easily get out of the area..
Don Micheletti
(better E Mail)
Received on Fri May 19 2017 - 17:26:02 PDT

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