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California Ave. Farmer's Market draws hundreds
Original post made on Jun 4, 2007
on Jun 4, 2007 at 10:45 am
A very nice review. One correction: by market watcher estimates, at least 1800-2000 residents came out for the market. This is an outstanding turnout for a first day presentation of a weekly event.
The first market day was very gratifying. Everyone worked to make it a success - a real team effort was engaged by the California Avenue Area Development Assn. (CAADA), local residents, and many city staffers. Everyone was on board to make this market a forst-day success.
Urban Village, the market producer, is the very best in the Bay Area.
I walk every day - often up California Avenue to Amherst, and beyond. I left the market at 10:45AM to walk that route. There were many dozens of people streaming down N. California Ave. - many feeding in from the side streets (Yale, Princeton, Hanover, etc. - all the way to Amherst).
Many Stanford family housing residents (just beyond the peak of the Amherst hill) were also on their way down. Hundreds of residents were coming through CalTrans tunnel, from Professorville. As I returned from walking, residents were still streaming back and forth across El Camino.
The norm for that route on Sunday morning has me encountering 3-4 residents, at most.
Many ordinarily half-full Sunday morning restaurants were brimming with business.
Later, I encountered several residents who were returning a second time for more food, with a few returning for a third time (thanks goodness they were walking, and burning off the calories!)
JJ&F was quite busy as well; the market will get more residents out-and-about than the norm, with local business the beneficiary of thosands more residents out and about than would orinarily be the norm.
On Walkability: If ever there was proof that residents - given the chance - will walk to well-organized, serviceable events that meet their needs, this farmer's market is it.
Hopefully, this market, brought into reality by a highly-spirited, team-based effort, will spur other like-minded efforts to create walkable venues that all of our residents and merchants profit from - in health, in wealth, and in community.
on Jun 4, 2007 at 11:00 am
I like this quotation from the above article:
"In January, the California Avenue market got a go-ahead from the city "in what is probably a speed record for encountering the Palo Alto Process" for permits, including permission to put signs on El Camino Real from CalTrans."
Why can't other issue be dealt with in this manner (i.e. quickly)?
on Jun 4, 2007 at 11:37 am
Build it and they will come