Menlo Park Town Square
Original post made by Town Square, Menlo Park: Downtown, on Nov 23, 2007
Palo Alto has one, Redwood City has one, even Mayberry had one. Why do so many places have them -- perhaps because they work. At present our downtown area is a row after row of businesses. That is ok for the merchants and their customers. However, it might be special if an area along Santa Cruz Avenue could be set aside for just the people.
Some folks may argue that we have one already at Fremont Park. Yes, that is true, but it is at the "end" of store area, and not necessarily condusive as a centralized location. There is also a nice "meeting" area at Cafe Borrone's, however, this is "private" property and again is at the far end of town in front of El Camino Real.
There is a third place which is fairly new and very nice. It is located near the train depot near Crepes Cafe. It even has a nice statue. However, it is a lost treasure that few know about, none the less utilize. It is also not located in the "central business district".
One idea that could be considered is closing off approx. one-half of Chestnut Street, near Wells Fargo Bank. Access could continue from Menlo Ave. to the Parking Plaza and then be sectioned off for the balance of the street for a TOWN SQUARE. If it doesn't work it could be converted back to a street. However, if it did work, think of what a wonderful place this could be.
At some town squares, music is sometimes played by both free lance individuals and by profesisonal groups. At other times there may be someone on a soap box. Otherwise just relax around a fountain or sculpture, miggle, talk, read a book, nap, day dream, use their computer, PDA, IPOD or cell phone.
For some it may be a terrible idea. Either way, let's hear from you. Should this be pursued, or dropped? You decide.