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vertical housing in downtown

From: domainremoved <Katie>
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2017 08:39:20 -0800

Dear City Council,

Season's greetings, and thank you all for everything you do.

I watched a bit of the meeting last night after my son went to bed and it
was great to see sensible movement on the traffic challenges in the
Willows. I know our regional transit and housing issues are bigger than one
municipality can handle and I appreciate the three-dimensional chess nature
of tackling such problems. It's hard to know what unintended consequences
any action will trigger; meanwhile, inaction has a steep cost as well.

Some of that traffic is heading to and from Oak Knoll, where my son is
taught by some of the finest teachers I've ever known. They spend hours in
the car each day to reach a city where one must earn $250K in order to
afford a starter home. I'm sure many of our public sector employees face
similar challenges, despite comparatively generous salaries.

It is this spirit that I second the requests of my fellow citizens to
consider building more housing in the downtown area of Menlo Park. We won't
have truly affordable housing until we have more housing, period. We need a
sensible mix of studios and family units, we need to build vertically, and
we need to invest in transit innovations to ensure that people can get
around safely and conveniently without having to drive everywhere (and use
valuable real estate to park those cars).

I hope that when you review the housing element of the downtown specific
plan, you consider these options seriously. The alternatives–miles of
traffic clogging our streets, turning our open spaces into suburban
sprawl–are unpleasant to contemplate.

Warm regards,


Katie Behroozi
650.804.1812 (cell)
Received on Wed Dec 06 2017 - 08:44:16 PST

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