Replacing it will be up to six-story buildings lining El Camino Real creating Menlo Park's own Grand Canyon. That's not all: little parks will replace valued parking places and speaking of parking, there seems to be more trees than parking places in the design.
The existing business community will be thrown out during the rebuilding process as no cars or trucks will be able to get to town. Both Redwood City and Sunnyvale have traveled similar roads. The tale of two cities has already been written in print, cement and bad bond issues.
The city has enlisted and paid a rather healthy sum to "progressive" planners to design this monstrosity. They talk of "car-free paseos" and permanent farmers markets. What about Carpaccio, Trellis and Branislav Tailors?
Cars bring commerce, and bicycles, for all their health benefits, don't. Now I know why the city has let the empty car dealers stay empty, the downtown go to hell and kept the parking rules so restrictive.
These elected officials have devised a plan to turn Menlo Park into their version of Santana Row. Myself and my friends object. If we wanted a walled canyon on El Camino Real and a downtown which would end up as a ghost town, we would live somewhere else. I plead for people with some common sense to run for City Council, and then help build out the downtown area and develop the El Camino corridor while preserving the fabric of the Menlo Park where I was born and raised.
Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park