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The Downtown plan is fatally flawed. Don't try and fix what really works.

From: Morris Brown <mbrown5_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2010 15:52:14 -0700

City Council:

Sue Lempert in today's (10/18/2010 page 9) writes.

More good news. Menlo Park is the eighth most walkable suburb in the United States, according to a study cited in The Wall Street Journal. Walkable towns are the places where Americans want to live and where housing prices have held up in the recent real estate slump. "The nation's metro areas with walkable suburbs have greater economic output, higher incomes, more highly educated people, and more high-tech industries, to say nothing of higher levels of happiness." If that's true, I can't understand why Menlo Park councilmembers always seem so grumpy.

Now I don't know about her statement that our council members always seem grumpy, but surely one should question council's obsession with continuing with the present downtown / El Camino visioning plan.

The real stakeholders, the merchants and property owners are adamantly opposed to what the draft plan has in mind. Further expenditure of funds (now well over 1 million dollars) and staff time in trying and convince these stakeholders to change their positions, should immediately cease.

The plan has been hijacked by the consultants, who seem obsessed with converting our lovely downtown (8th most walkable suburb in the country), into their vision of higher buildings, parking structures and boutique hotels.

Get real Council. What's on the table is not what the community wants or needs.

Morris Brown
Stone Pine Lane
MP.. Received on Mon Oct 18 2010 - 15:52:19 PDT

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