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Re: Vision, leadership and courage.

From: Cline, Richard A <"Cline,>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:09:49 -0800

Peter, thanks for your note. This was, in fact, part of the process of the visioning for the downtown portion of the specific plan. We should start with those records. But we should note that many property owners rejected the notion of any use of the parking lots for anything other than parking. Nancy Couperis and the farmer's market founders worried of impacts as did Richard Draeger and Mark Flegel (and many others).

Some of those ideas were not great, but some were very much in line with your thinking.

We would be wise to start with the work and feedback gathered if we want to succeed together.


Rich Cline

On Jan 27, 2015, at 11:03 AM, Peter Carpenter <peterfcarpenter_at_(domainremoved)

It would be a tragic mistake if Menlo Park chooses a short term solution (one parking lot) to solve a small part of a long term problem( a more vibrant downtown) .

Take all the public property including all the parking lots, all of Santa Cruz Ave and all the cross streets between ECR and University and Menlo and Oak Grove and put it into a design competition to create a totally walkable, bicyclable, playable, shopable surface area with ALL the parking underground. This total publicly owned land is incredible valuable and developing it in three dimensions could provide an exciting opportunity that would attract capital and encourage the current downtown property owners to either find ways to connect their current buildings to this project or allow their properties to be acquired by the City via eminent domain (which has great tax advantages to the current owners) and then placed into the pool for the new integrated design.

All it would take is vision, leadership and courage.

Peter Carpenter
Received on Tue Jan 27 2015 - 11:03:57 PST

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