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Blood on the Tracks

The Menlo Park Caltrain accident that killed motorist Jahyun Jennifer Koo on Monday has reignited the issue of grade separation. Acknowledging that it remains an...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Feb. 26, 2015
Last comment by Appalled, 19 hours ago | 4 comments | 934 Views


The Loss of Mr. Potato Head

Last month, something possessed me to plant potatoes with my widowed neighbor and her precocious two-year-old. Perhaps I needed to witness things budding, to reaffirm...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Feb. 17, 2015
Last comment by Mr. Potatoe Head, on Feb 25, 2015 at 1:46 pm | 2 comments | 911 Views


Rugged in Retail

When it comes to shopping, I am all efficiency. A preemptive strike on Trader Joe's. A raid on Draegers. A daylight sortie on Cook's Seafood. I do not linger over...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 20, 2015
Last comment by Dennis Ronberg, on Feb 14, 2015 at 4:14 pm | 1 comment | 856 Views


Garbage Can on the Tracks

After Caltrain's 8:39 AM weekday express left Menlo Park last Thursday, someone in San Francisco rolled a 55-gallon garbage can in its path. To the south, the town...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Feb. 8, 2015
Last comment by Robbie, on Feb 9, 2015 at 3:52 pm | 2 comments | 761 Views


Youth on the Edge

"You're very polite," a fellow patron of Draeger's coffee bar observed on her way out. She was referring to the loud and remarkably two-way conversation behind me....

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Feb. 1, 2015
Last comment by Louise68, on Feb 2, 2015 at 12:09 am | 1 comment | 889 Views


Menlo Park Playing Nicely

Menlo Park, I explain to outsiders, is a city of contradictions. We are home to SRI, one of the world's great research institutions – served by a rail station that...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 29, 2015
Last comment by Mike Keenly, on Jan 31, 2015 at 12:32 pm | 1 comment | 993 Views


End of Suburbia

A friend's wife is mad at me, he recently confided, over Proposition M. I smiled wanly. What can one say? What one thinks is another matter. Something is happening...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 13, 2015
Last comment by M supporter, on Jan 23, 2015 at 12:15 pm | 2 comments | 849 Views


Call of the Sort of Wild

I see it the moment I turn north on 280, the Peninsula's signature ridge of coastal hills, their particular height and slope. Whatever the quality, I note its reappearance...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 2, 2015
There are no comments yet. 668 Views


Holidays' Roadways

Deck the halls...and hit the decks. These last pre-Christmas days have proven perilous for anyone in a wheelchair. Drivers do not see me in crosswalks. But it's...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Dec. 24, 2014
There are no comments yet. 729 Views


Water Torture

That's the problem with all this rain, that it can lull us into complacency, the default national mood. Of course, we need to do the opposite. This drought should...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Dec. 15, 2014
Last comment by Menlo Voter, on Dec 16, 2014 at 2:35 pm | 1 comment | 944 Views


Über Alles

One can only commend the entrepreneurial verve of companies like Uber and Lyft. These firms have revamped ridesharing. Thinking outside the box, they have spurred...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Dec. 3, 2014
Last comment by Louise68, on Dec 6, 2014 at 1:52 pm | 7 comments | 853 Views


Hit the Bus

Consider those really bad traffic days, say, a Friday evening just before Thanksgiving or Christmas...traffic crawling up El Camino in Menlo Park. It's the sort...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Nov. 16, 2014
Last comment by Tunbridge Wells, on Nov 23, 2014 at 6:08 pm | 5 comments | 925 Views


Take Back Our Street

The big one, the six-lane state highway that divides Menlo Park unpleasantly and serves the region ineffectively. El Camino Real could indeed be royal – a 21st-century...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Nov. 11, 2014
Last comment by Cynthia J., on Nov 18, 2014 at 7:13 pm | 2 comments | 956 Views


After M

It's over. Lawn signs are disappearing. The Farmers' Market is selling produce, not politics. And what are the lessons? For me, it's simple. Stay involved. I...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Nov. 9, 2014
Last comment by Basic math, on Nov 14, 2014 at 11:04 pm | 7 comments | 1309 Views


Hope and Speed in Menlo Park

There must be a civic goal that can pull Menlo Park together – particularly after the bruising fight over Proposition M. What could truly inspire our community,...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Nov. 2, 2014
Last comment by maximusgolden, on Nov 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm | 3 comments | 1157 Views


Where the Sidewalk Ends

For a town that prides itself in village flavor, Menlo Park seems oddly un-walkable. True, from a wheelchair I appreciate the more accessible and rollable features...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Oct. 28, 2014
Last comment by Skip Hilton, on Oct 31, 2014 at 1:21 am | 3 comments | 1495 Views


Drought's Scouts

We need drought pioneers. California's water crisis demands bold thinking – including these promising approaches: PRICING. As several readers have pointed...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Oct. 13, 2014
Last comment by Louise68, on Oct 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm | 6 comments | 976 Views


Traffic -- the 3 R's of Cars

This week the City of Menlo Park hosted an evening presentation on transportation issues – at which I learned a lot about human movement. And even more about...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Oct. 9, 2014
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Oct 13, 2014 at 7:05 am | 1 comment | 883 Views


About Drought Doubt

I must be in a state of denial. For sure I'm in the state of California, where water is a sometimes thing. As a reader pointed out, we are staring catastrophe in...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Oct. 5, 2014
Last comment by Joseph E. Davis, on Oct 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm | 7 comments | 1194 Views


Life after Measure M

Really, I'm already tired of it and looking beyond. Also, looking within. The other day, wandering that center of community life, Menlo Park's Sunday farmer's...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Oct. 1, 2014
Last comment by bruce adornato, on Oct 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm | 4 comments | 1236 Views
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College Touring Tips
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By Stuart Soffer | 6 comments | 1,338 views

Eggs and Bacon Walk Into a Bar
By Laura Stec | 3 comments | 1,205 views

Blood on the Tracks
By Paul Bendix | 4 comments | 934 views