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Re: vertical housing in downtown

From: domainremoved <Kirsten>
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2017 17:59:23 +0000

Well said! Great to see you last night.

On Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 8:40 AM Katie Behroozi <kbehroozi_at_(domainremoved)

> 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
>
> --
> Katie Behroozi
> 650.804.1812 (cell)
>
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Best regards,
Kirsten Keith,
Mayor of Menlo Park
Received on Wed Dec 06 2017 - 10:03:47 PST

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