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Editorial: Cal Ave's future

Original post made on Apr 18, 2014

Wanted: Redevelopment that is higher density, mixed residential and commercial, with adequate parking and improved pedestrian and bicycle connections, all without changing the current character as a neighborhood-serving retail district.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

Comments (11)

Posted by parent, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 18, 2014 at 9:38 am

California Ave is very poorly designed right now with overly wide streets and haphazard on-street car parking creating too many dangers in a potentially vibrant business area. I think the city is on the right track modernizing the area, if they can say no to the NIMBYs who value cars more than pedestrian safety.

Posted by margita, a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 18, 2014 at 10:11 am

Helpful if your stories could include maps...

Hoping the new plan includes safe biking for local children biking from College Terrace to middle and high schools on the far side of the railroad tracks.

Posted by Sparty, a resident of another community
on Apr 18, 2014 at 10:14 am

Sparty is a registered user.

There are two almost always empty parking garages.

Posted by parent, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 18, 2014 at 10:18 am

@margita - I'm pretty sure this article is just about the business district centered around Park Blvd (down to Frys) and California Ave (between the train station and El Camino).

In a separate project, the city is supposedly trying to create a child-safe bicycle route along Stanford Ave that should help College Terrace. Hopefully the tunnel under the train tracks at California Ave will eventually be improved so the bicycle traps at the bottom can be removed.

Posted by Barron Park dad, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 18, 2014 at 10:25 am

I echo and applaud Margita's comment: "Hoping the new plan includes safe biking for local children biking from College Terrace to middle and high schools on the far side of the railroad tracks."

Posted by allen edwards, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm

If you want to keep California Ave from going the way of University Ave, you need to zone it to keep the value of the property down. Simple. It will be developed to the potential of its zoning. That is what zoning is for. It is not to maximize the value to the landowner, it is to maximize the value to the community.

Posted by Who is the owner, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 18, 2014 at 1:48 pm

The name of the property owner not given. Protecting the guilty?

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm

My gut feeling is that Cal Ave is basically being used as a dining area for business people and those living further away than a short walk or bike ride.

A decent parking strategy would be the most useful addition. Being able to find the nearest parking lot or garage with an empty space at lunch time or popular evening would be particularly useful. Electronic signs showing lots with empty spaces would make a lot of sense. Charging for parking over 1 hour would also make sense. Meters and pay per hour parking charge for the equivalent of loose change haven't stopped people from using Redwood City and would not stop people coming to Palo Alto either.

Posted by Ray Bacchetti, a resident of University South
on Apr 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Housing for low and very low income residents needs a prominent place in the mix.

Posted by JoAnn, a resident of Ventura
on Apr 19, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Back when I was still riding a bike, I fell on that steep California underpass. I'd sure like to see it made safe for scooters and wheelchairs like the one at Homer downtown. Crossing the tracks at Churchill is dangerous, between the traffic and the trains and the new "improved" gates that trap you on the tracks. But I doubt that would add to anyone's bottom line, so it won't get done.

Posted by Sparty, a resident of another community
on Apr 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Sparty is a registered user.

You're supposed to walk your bike through the Cal ave underpass

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