Make University Ave. University Plaza
Original post made by Paul Losch on Nov 25, 2010
I think University Avenue in Palo Alto is a candidate for this sort of transformation. It is an awful street to drive on, and those of us who live in town know better. Hamilton and Lytton are much better ways to get between Middlefield and Alma.
I also am of the point of view that this could be just the thing to help revitalize a moribund downtown Palo Alto. Too many store fronts have sat empty for years. Too many retail shops that are not "chains" come and go in too short a time. The Esquire article indicates that retail sales in Time Square are up 71% since it went "plaza!"
Such an idea needs a champion or champions to make it happen. I would be such a champion if I did not have a day job. But I would be willing to be part of a group that advocates this idea.
on Nov 25, 2010 at 2:21 pm
I think that would make University Avenue much more inviting to shoppers from the surrounding neighborhoods. Will the businesses along the street support it? They seem to be more interested in out-of-town drive-in shoppers than the local residents.
Maybe Palo Alto can start by making California Ave. a pedestrian mall? That's a lower risk project. If we build a pedestrian bridge over the Caltrain tracks, I bet all kinds of people would walk over to California Ave. to visit the shops and restaurants in a pedestrian-oriented district.
on Nov 25, 2010 at 8:15 pm
We go over this topic a couple of times a year. Here's a thread from 2007: Web Link
on Nov 26, 2010 at 4:09 pm
stephen levy is a registered user.
I like the idea. We enjoyed the Pearl Street Mall when we visited Boulder.
There would probably be extra traffic on Hamilton and Forest where we live and work and some need for more parking structures downtown. I can support that if the idea is viable for making University Avenue better serve the community.