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Re: Re-imagining Santa Cruz Ave

From: domainremoved <Dave>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 07:51:51 -0800

Until we figure out the existing transportation issues, how can we possibly imagine more people in downtown Menlo Park? Since moving my business to Menlo Park in August 2014, I have had 30% of my workforce move to working from home every other day because the traffic on Willow road is so bad to get in and out of downtown. I suggest you drive Willow and Marsh roads between 8-10am and 4:30-7pm every day for a few weeks to get a feel for the problem that we already face.

All the cities you mention have much better road infrastructure to get people in and out of downtown. We don't have Central expressway or Foothill expressway at our doorsteps. Even downtown Palo Alto has a direct link via University to the 101 and is at the termination of Central expressway/Alma.

Try driving Menlo Park's El Camino Real from Palo Alto for a week or two at rush hour and you willl really see that we have a problem, and more businesses and office buildings will make it untenable. Businesses will not thrive if people cannot bear to get here.

I dont have any great suggestions to fix the logistics issue that downtown Menlo Park faces. But as a resident since 1999, and a business owner who recently moved my business to town and is now experiencing what its like for employees to get here on a daily basis, it is reimagining the roads infrastructure that is at the top of my list.

David Jevans
68 Willow Road
Menlo Park

> On Jan 6, 2015, at 11:40 PM, "Menlo Park's Future" <menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)
> Re-imagining Santa Cruz Ave
> Happy New Year Fellow Residents,
> Is 2015 the year to Re-Imagine Santa Cruz Ave? Should the City Council be putting the issue on this year’s priority list?
> I Imagine a Santa Cruz Ave that has 2 and 3-story buildings with apartments above and trendy retail stores and restaurants below. Trendy furniture, trendy home décor items, trendy cook ware, and trendy more, in addition to the few great stores there now. How about a children’s clothing store to complement Cheeky Monkey?
> Mountain View, Burlingame, San Mateo, have recreated themselves and Menlo Park can, too. Los Altos which has a population identical in size to ours is one happening place (and does support the Build it Again with Bricks store that we unfortunately lost).
> But first we have to buy into a dream, and then take action to facilitate it.
> Are you up for this idea? What do you Imagine for Menlo? And should the City Council provide a venue for us to refine the dream?
> Thanks, and please let me — and the City Council know. (city.council_at_(domainremoved)
> Lee Duboc (menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)
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