Posted by terrible locations, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm
Anyone else think that all of the new grocery stores mentioned in this article are in really terrible locations? These are all on busy streets away from residential areas, which forces people to drive to them and encourages more traffic from out-of-towners. As far as I know, there are no bike lanes on any of these streets (Embarcadero, El Camino, San Antonio, Alma), or are the developers going to be adding those at some time?
Posted by svatoid, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm
They are all being built in existing shopping centers. More traffic is good--it means more people visiting, shopping and spending money in Palo Alto--though I doubt that there will be many out of towners coming to the postage stamp sized grocery stores in Palo alto. The jewel will be the 65K sq foot Safeway on San Antonio. That is in Mountain View, so Palo Alto has no say in the matter. Stores have learned their lesson--do not build in Palo Alto--build near the border and they will come.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Jun 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm
I hope that the Edgewood Shopping Center store does a brisk trade w/residents & commuters, as well as out of towners heading to Stanford events. Right now, the center looks like the Eastern Bloc & is just blight.
Posted by PA No-Mo, a resident of another community, on Jun 2, 2012 at 6:31 am
I agree with the comment on locations. Terrible. These are the small things that make PA such an unlivable town compared to the surrounding cities. Its the poster child for inconvenient living in the area. And while we're at it, what the hell has happened to down town!?!?! Its like lower Market St in SF with all the street people taking over the parks and panhandling.
Just recently we ate downtown at Pizza My Heart and decided to take an evening stroll with our daughter on University. The scene was surreal: "Why is that man giving himself a shot(junky shooting up in the park)"Why did that man want our money?"(aggressive pan handler). We made it one single block and decided to get the hell outta there. This was at approx 6:30 pm on a weeknight walking around the block of Univ/Ramona/Lytton/Emerson.