Time to kill off the Downtown visioning process
Original post made by Morris Brown, Menlo Park: Park Forest, on Jun 1, 2010
This downtown visioning process needs much more than just a "rethink". The City needs to cut its losses and kill off the process. It is obvious, just like "Smart Growth" and "City Center Design", failed processes that preceded this -- this is a failed and very expensive failure at that.
The plan has become politically untenable as evidenced by delay of any further consideration until after the Nov 2010 election, using the lame excuse of needed extra work on the EIR.
After phase I, which had some semblance of true Menlo Park voter input, City Staff and the consultant transformed the plan, into what they wanted, not what voters want for Menlo Park.
The Council should not continue down this road of tossing more funds down this failed process. Over 1 million has been wasted thus far and they want to spend more.
How can the Council continue to consider this failed process, when the real stakeholders, the downtown merchants and property owners, are so opposed? See the full page notice paid for by the Menlo Park Downtown Alliance, published in the May 26th, Almanac
Articles which appeared last week in the Daily News and Daily Post point to the truth about this process.