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on Oct 10, 2007
I am not sure building more hotels in PA is a good idea. We should discourage new hotels and the hotels that are already in the city.
they create too much traffic.
Too Much Traffic - Are you crazy? Hotels generate tons of taxes on out of towners and we don't have to increase expensive services, like schools. This town needs more car dealers and hotels and less new housing. Its the constant NIMBYism that kills projects like the new Hyatt and results in more tightly packed housing (like what actually happened to the Hyatt site). Exactly what are you going to do to "discourage the hotels already here" - they are already subject to a fat hotel tax that is gravy for the City.
To the PA City officals - please don't screw this up or kill it in the "Palo Alto process", just try for once to act like rational government officials. Just think "what would Mountain View do" not "what would Bezerkley do"
Citizen--unfortunately when you write online it is hard to convey sarcasm--I was being sarcastic. Though i am sure you will hear that complaint from many people, including one notable member of the city council--who's entire career in city politics has been one long whine about "too much traffic".
But rest assured you will hear about the PA Bowl remodel from the neighbor in that area and you will certainly here from people about any remodel of Ming's (in fact i think a few years back something was proposed for that area and the city council did not like it's appearance).
All of these projects, will unfortunately, be caught up in the PA Process unless their is a serious change in the mindset of the council.
Who cares what happens to the Mings site? Do garbage, golf balls and airplanes have the right to vote? There are no houses near Mings - so start the construction now.
Given the typical views on this board, its was hard to realize that you were sarcastic, since you sounded like a typical PA resident.
My point exactly, Citizen, my sarcastic response was exactly like the serious response you get from PA citizens and which the city coucil appears to listen to.
Regarding the Ming's site, if I remember correctly the council was unhappy with the appearance by the exit from 101!!! After all they would not want PA to look like any other city--we are special.
There are 50 housing units (hidden) in the middle of the story.
So it's a major housing development too, not just a hotel.
50 housing units on the Mings site, I wonder if they're BMR units? Perhaps that's a good place to put the 3,500 BMR units ABAG wants us to build.
Looks good to me - buuild 'em - hotel, BMR's, and all.
Who said anything about BMRs? You made that up.
I guess I would be OK with adding all this new hotel business if the city could require the hotels to comply with some standards for green business and green building.
That could in fact be a real opportunity for the hotels to showcase new standards and differentiate*. After all, Palo Alto, Stanford, and Silicon Valley are known as centers of innovation. Let's walk the walk, and help newcomers to fall in stride with our pace.
(*In the hospitality business, brand differentiation and customer experience are key business drivers.)
Can someone please fill me in on the Ming's remodel? Is it going to close?
We already have way too much traffic at the intersection/on ramps of Embarcadero and 101 for a long term stay hotel or God forbid a huge condo complex to be placed at Ming's.
Some of us PA citizens live right on the other side of the freeway, incidentally, in the Duveneck St Francis neighborhoods and we are already heavily impacted with city traffic.
It would probably be a better idea if we closed down Mings and the two auto dealerships at Embarcadero and 101, that way there will be less traffic to disturb the residents of Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood.
If you do not want to be impacted by city traffic, then move to a rural area. Or lobby the city council to ensure that traffic can flow smoothly on main arteries, instead of trying to turn every main street in this city (Charleston, Embarcadero, Middlefield) into 1 lane streets.
The traffic will not go away--it will just move to side streets.
I think it's a great idea, maybe we can supply the cabinetry.
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