Allied Arts Guild is a Ghost Town
Original post made by Avid Gardner on Jun 6, 2007
We hadn't been aware of the recent events at the Guild and one of the clerks referred us to the Almanac's web site for more information. After reading the Town Forum entries, I'm amazed! How can the auxiliary that owns the property let this happen! I realize that maintaining the grounds costs money, but if the roses, flowers and shrubs die, what is there to draw visitors to the property?
I hope that those members of the Allied Arts Auxiliary who can see that there are grave problems move quickly to fix them. The gardens won't survive with this kind of neglect, and neither will the retail tenants. If and when the facility closes, which appears inevitable according to postings on this web site, we'll all miss the wonderful gardens and delightful shops we've known and loved for years, and we'll wish that the Allied Arts Auxiliary had taken better care of the Menlo Park community's artistic legacy.
on Jun 6, 2007 at 4:31 pm
No point in fighting it, neighbors -- we need The O'Brien Group or Summerhill Homes to step up to the plate with a proposal for high density housing at the (soon-to-be-former) Allied Arts site, before it becomes the blight that the Derry property is now. I can almost hear the construction din from across El Camino in the Linfield Oaks neighborhood, and I suppose it's our turn to bow down before the inexorable march of Infill Development. Progress, clean underpants or no!
on Jun 6, 2007 at 8:07 pm
As a lifelong resident of the Allied Arts neighberhood and an avid gardner I find this extremely distressing. I would GLADLY volunteer my time to assist in maintaining the grounds of this treasure!
on Jun 6, 2007 at 8:26 pm
NO WAY re: high density housing on the Allied Arts site! It is not inevitable and will not happen. I will neither bow down nor bend over and let that site be developed. Inexorable march...? I think not!