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One Bay Area Plan RWC

Original post made by Michael G. Stogner, another community, on May 27, 2014

This meeting was last week in Oakland, some key points 1635 new units being built right now, $50,000,000 spent, the approval process does not need or go to the City Council, its all handled at the planning department level. This amount of housing units that is being built in a few year time period is more than the previous 50 years in RWC.
What impact does this have on our schools?

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Posted by Julie
a resident of another community
on May 29, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Good question: yes, what impact will it have on our schools?

The new mantra seems to be: development is a good thing. Is it always, however? Is it a good thing in all circumstances and in all areas?

Development can reach a point of diminishing returns. Redwood City is a case in point. Try finding parking in downtown Refwood City on a weekend evening. How about weekday lunch hours?

One particular Saturday night I had reservations for dinner yet could not find anywhere to park my car. I tried two parking garages only to find "FULL" signs on both. What saved the evening is the sign "VALET PARKING".

We are trying to attract patrons to dine at our restaurants...and expect them to drive around in circles for 20 minutes before they are able to find somewhere to put their car. Someone did not plan this out very carefully.

That is what I mean that too much development can cause the opposite effect than what is intended: too crowded...no place to park...we'll go someplace else.

I am a Redwood City resident. I have family, friends and neighbors here. The word is getting out that downtown RWC is a real mess of a situation. We have started avoiding our own city. Not by choice. We avoid it reluctantly to avoid the guaranteed frustration of what awaits us. I would say that this qualifies as "diminished returns". Lose - Lose.

Planners need to build the infrastructures to support new
development.

They have not done so. Right now, they have the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. If development increases at the rate it's going now, people will be driving passed our city on their way to somewhere else.

And that would be a shame.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on May 29, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Julie - we go to downtown RWC specifically because of valet parking. It's a wonderful service and smart that it's city-run, not run by a particular business.

RWC is purposely driving people out - renters. That's really sad, and of course, the lower income folks have no options because renters are treated like third class citizens. Homeowners have just a percent more of housing than renters. That's a lot of renters. They should organize in order to make demands to retain affordable housing, since they lack rent stabilization.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 30, 2014 at 7:33 am

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

Does anyone have knowledge of street light outage in the unincorporated area of Redwood City, which would be the County Supervisor's responsibility. I'm looking for it on news and so far can't locate it. This is a safety issue, I thought I heard that Spokesperson Marshall Wilson responded to a reporter that they should be fixed by October.

Put temporary lights out there tonight, safety first…….October I don't think so.


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