Seven Wonders of Menlo Park, and more....
Original post made by Tour Guide on Nov 10, 2007
It's envisioned to be a Bus Tour of unique and special places that are only found in Menlo Park. These might be locations one has heard about, but never seen, or perhaps never heard about. Even though Menlo Park may not be considered a major Tourist Destination, it never-the-less has a large list of places that might be considered 1) treasures, 2) gems and 3) unique enough to qualify as one of the Seven Wonders of Menlo Park, and more....
Some of these locations may be one or more of the following: 1) St. Patrick's Seminary, 2) Allied Arts, 3) Sunset Magazine, 4) Nativity Church, 5) Civic Center, 6) Sharon Heights and 7) U.S. Geological Survey. A much longer list could be developed with a bit of brainstorming.
If any of the above sounds of interest, let us know your thoughts, as to the following:
1) Would you and/or your family find a three or four hour BUS TRIP of interest, perhaps in the Spring 2008 when the weather is warmer;
2) Are there any other locations around town that you are aware of that might be added to the list above, as we all may have our favorite or special places that we may wish to share with others?
Many places in town may be as special as the citizens of Menlo Park are special. Let's take the position of being proud of our community and showcase its various jewels. This day has the potential of being unique; your thoughts are encouraged and welcome during the planning phase of this event.
on Nov 10, 2007 at 11:16 am
Very interesting. We live in a world beset by celebrity, tourism, voyeurism, and commercial exploitation. Yet, there must be many of us who would resist this drift, surely in the places where we reside. For myself, I would prefer a Menlo Park that is not notable for it's scenic "seven wonders." My wife and I moved here because it is a small, village-like, charming, "bedroom community" not clamoring for visibility and attention. We are most comfortable with anonymity. That is a part of the "quality of life" that we chose and feel we have to protect. I don't want to be lectured about the inevitability of change since that is largely in our hands if only we choose to take control. Otherwise, commercial exploitation the Disneyfication of "seven wonders" -- becomes a persistent threat. And, I should add, my greatest fear is the inexorable onslaught of the high speed train which will surely be the most prominent of our "seven wonders" as it flies through our town, fifteen or more feet over our heads.
on Nov 10, 2007 at 4:01 pm
I think it is a terrific idea to give people a tour of the top sites suitable for high density, low quality housing development. Is that what this would be? I understand that Sunset and Allied Arts are high on the list of infill candidates.
on Nov 10, 2007 at 4:04 pm
A fascinating idea! I'd like to hear more. Could this tour somehow be done "green'? Maybe include Bayfront Park on the tour? And how about the cemetery on Santa Cruz?
Thanks for having such an interesting outlook on our city!