Alma Plaza editorial
Original post made by Not so fast on Mar 28, 2007
Boy, if only the City Council would listen!!!
The editors say: "We agree with neighbors and the planning commission that a stronger retail presence is called for on this site, other than the market."
this raises some interesting points. As the editors point out, due to a deed restriction, the market can be no bigger than 18,000 sq. ft. Who will want to open a market that size? Remember also that Trader Joes will soon be opening in Town and Country.
What other retail presence would they like to have in Alma Plaza? While it is well and good that they want a strong retail presence, are there really any small retailers/mom and pop stores that will want to go in a new Alma Plaza.
another question is what effect will a market and other retail have on retail in areas near Alma Plaza (JJ&F/California Ave, Charleston Plaza/Piazza's, Midtown shopping district).
I have a feeling, because of the entities involved--a vocal neighborhood group and a weak-willed City Council, this will drag on for a while longer.
on Mar 28, 2007 at 9:45 am
And in the meantime, Alma Plaza will become a haven for the type of crime we saw last Sunday, and worse.... If I was a local resident, I would want to get things moving fast just to get rid of that derelict look to the place. If gangs or drug dealers move in big time, I would certainly not like to live in that neighborhood.
on Mar 28, 2007 at 12:23 pm
For some reason the original link I posted is broken.
Here it is again:
on Mar 28, 2007 at 8:46 pm
Is there a clearer example of the confusion (hypocrisy?) of some residents re Palo Alto and housing. We have been given a fair share allocation of county housing need and the City and some residents complain that the allocation is unfair because we don't have enough "room" for housing. Just to be clear, this issue has gone to court in some cases and "not enough" is not legally defensible.
But here as in other places (e.g., Edgewood Plaza) there are active proposals for housing and always they are opposed or cut back. It seems like when residents are given feasible housing proposals they are opposed in some form.
Instead residents ask for more retail, which has greater traffic impact, all the while complaining about traffic. At Alma as at Edgewood what residents desire for retail rarely meets any market test. It is a wish list and duplicated elsewhere nearby. I am not aware that the region or city is short of coffee shops or places to get food. I am trying to be open-minded about this but it sure feels like shopping convenience triumphing over our oblogation (legal and moral) to participate in addressing regional issues.
It is hard for me to see how the City Council and local neighbors are dealing in good faith with what regional and business leaders say is the most critical regional economic challenge--not enough housing.
I posted this on the other Alma Plaza thread also. Weekly editor, how do you want us to handle when a post responds to more than one thread.