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California Avenue redesign stalled by lawsuits
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on Mar 21, 2012
Palo Alto's ambitious quest to turn California Avenue into the next University Avenue or Mountain View's Castro Street is facing major delays and uncertainty over funding because of legal challenges from a small group of merchants opposed to the proposal.
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posted Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 9:24 AM
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Posted by Long-time Shopper
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm
As a senior citizen that still drives, park further from businesses, and walk to where I want to go, just for excercise. The two business districts I go to most are California Avenue and downtown Los Altos.
When downtown Los Altos was under construction, I never had any problem finding parking. I just continued my walking habit, and I go there at least once a week, to get my hair done.
Instead of parking on Main Street, I park in lots behind stores, where there is always plenty of parking. Or I parked at the library, and with the nice lit crosswalks on San Antonio Road, even as a senior, I feel safe to cross that busy street. The same parking plan is on California Avenue, where if main street is blocked off, I will drive Cambridge, Sherman (or Sheridan?), Park, or other sidestreets.
I love the improvements to Los Altos. For you young people that must park right in front of a business - you are wimps. You are heading for a heart attack, unless you exercise more. Of course, you could go to a gym and pay good money for what you can get for FREE, plus enjoy the fresh air and the scenery. I watch my pennies.
California Ave businesses that are complaining need to be concerned about the welfare of their patrons, especially seniors, like me. We are the cornerstones of your businesses.
Thank you, Pat, for providing the link from October 2009, showing I remembered correctly that the project's history indicates it's essentially the same as it is now, and it was always in two phases, and that is not a new thing. At my age, it's nice to remember something correctly.
I remember it even going back further though, to maybe 2007, or 2006. I know this because I went to a meeting long ago, with my granddaughter, when she worked in that district. I remember it was even recorded.
That meeting was open to anyone, residents, businesses, anyone interested, and it was held at a business that did so well, it moved to Town and Country Village because it needed to expand. I can't remember the name. Some craft store, like the one in Los Altos.
Pat (or Katie O) do you know who speaks for the Business Association now? After the trees were replaced, the granddaughter of the former pharmacist on California Ave, Stanley Bishop (I knew his nice wife) spoke for merchants.
More recently, a man (not Terrie Shucat) claims to speak for merchants, but I never read about any election happening in the newspaper. I find that odd. If merchants complained about not being made aware of what was happening when the trees were replaced, what's their excuse now? It's been 3 years. Seems like not much has changed for the few merchants that complain.
$1.2 million is available to be used for this district that needs attention. It would be a shame to let it slip away, after all these years. Los Altos was wise to do their improvements now, and they now have LuLu's too. Business is doing fine, when I walk by.