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What's on your wish list for downtown Menlo Park?
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by Renee Batti, news editor of The Almanac,
on Mar 6, 2008
There are a number of empty spaces on Santa Cruz Avenue now, including the impressive new building at the site of the old Menlo Camera Shop. If you could hand over the keys to those storefronts to any specific business or type of business, what would your choices be?
Posted by Marcy Magatelli
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 9, 2008 at 11:34 am
I both, live and work, in downtown Menlo Park. I own a retail store, and have done for over 18 yrs. So it is with great interest that I read everyone's comments about downtown Menlo Park. I am in complete agreement with the view of downtown, as a little dreary, in spots, and I am one of the merchants who has lost my enthusiasm for window displays, I'll admit. However, I would like to share with you, some of my experiences, which may not be known, unless you've been in a similar situation. 1)sunlight damages/ruins anything put in the windows & quickly, so it's easy to run out of ideas and enthusiasm for sacraficing new merchandise (not that I am excusing myself from trying) 2) Your comments about parking are sooo right on! There have been more than a few people, in the Planning Dept and or City Council, with really stupid ideas about how to prevent growth or traffic congestion, and making the parking better is always thought to only encourage these problems, so nothing is ever done to improve parking. I have been to meetings, sat on comittees, etc. for 20 yrs. and NOTHING IS EVER DONE. Every other town on the peninsula, has built downtown parking structures, but not Menlo Park.
3)A good way to get local merchants to improve their stores, offerings, attitudes, whatever, is to support them through the process. Give them your business and your comments, ideas, suggestions. Everytime you cross that little bridge, over the creeek to go into Palo Alto or Stanford Mall, you are not only taking your sales tax contributions out of town, but out of the county, as well. Sales tax dollars that go to roads, parking, schools, fire and police protection, parks & recreation. Lastely, and I admit, I am whinning a little here, but the rents are so high and the wages that have to be paid, so people can afford to come to work in Menlo Park, as so high, that you would be shocked at home little, some of us merchants are really earning, for ourselves. I am only speaking for myself, here, but really..I am in retail become I love it, it's all I want, but I am so..not getting rich, it's sad!
My landlord has made way more off my business than I have.