Viewpoint - August 25, 2010

Letter: Menlo is fine; please don't change it

Menlo Park in the last 10 years has become a darling, quaint and physically attractive little town, thanks to the vision of men like Mark Flegel, Frank Draeger and others who could see ahead, supporting improvements like the island of trees on Santa Cruz Avenue.

As a result, we now have a destination town, where people come to eat out, spend leisure time and ultimately go shopping. Do you remember what Santa Cruz Avenue used to look like? It was one straight, boring, uninteresting street.

We have seen what these so-called experts hired by the city have done in the past. They caused the fiasco on Santa Cruz Avenue, with cement chunks to divert traffic, and paying to put them in and then paying to take them out.

We are paying experts to make obviously stupid recommendations as though this were some new town with nothing here. That new "Visioning" plan would be fine for that circumstance, but not for this circumstance.

Please see this town for the beauty it is and add to it rather than ruin it. Save us taxpayers the money and listen to reason. We have a beautiful town here. The locals who have expressed an opinion have more of a handle on the whole thing.

We are all for progress and change when it makes sense, but not to take out what is still beautiful and productive, and cherished for the beauty it has become. Other communities have commented that Menlo Park has really become a quaint, interesting town to shop in, eat in, and enjoy leisure time in.

As a 40-year resident, I am all for progress and not one to block things, but we have to realize what we have here. Add bushes and enhancements, the occasional lights on trees. But spending money to change things in an already lovely town is not what is needed.

The economy has slowed everywhere. Save us all money and preserve the town we now enjoy. It has evolved over 10 years to become the charming place we now live, work and play in. Find something else that needs fixing.

Gloria W. Marchi, Warner Range Avenue, Menlo Park


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