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Housing in Menlo Park

From: domainremoved <Kristen>
Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2019 13:56:24 -0800

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Hello! My name is Kristen Leep and I grew up in Menlo Park from 1986-1999, left on and off for college and grad school, and have lived back here full time since 2006.

Menlo Park needs more dense, more affordable housing near downtown as soon as possible.

I LOVE living in Menlo Park and hope that I will never have to leave. Unfortunately, the current housing situation makes that highly unlikely. My rent has gone up by 105% since 2007. The only reason it hasn't gone up more is because my land lords are kind and have teachers in their family. As a teacher, it is almost impossible for me to remain living in Menlo Park and ever retire. But, to stay as great as this little city is, Menlo Park needs people like me who work mid-range, low-paying jobs that are essential to a vibrant, growing community.

Having affordable housing at higher density near downtown, where I live, would be a smart choice because residents here don't contribute to the traffic issues. We can walk our local errands and take the train for many further away activities.

Thank you for moving ahead quickly with plans to build more housing downtown Menlo Park.
Kristen
Received on Tue Nov 05 2019 - 13:47:57 PST

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