Letter: Downtown should stay the way it isI am a solid supporter of the Menlo Park Downtown Alliance, whose work was described in the May 19 edition of The Almanac.
My message to the City Council is simple: please do not build hulking parking structures in Menlo Park. They are unsightly and not what people prefer to use when running errands and shopping at local stores.
When Safeway had a parking garage at the old store on the corner of Middle and El Camino, very few people used it. People preferred the ground-level parking lot, even in rainy weather.
The character of Menlo Park is preserved by the open nature of the parking plazas, the trees lining the center of Santa Cruz Avenue, and the independent businesses that make up the bulk of our retailers. We don't need this "new development" concept. Sprucing up a few storefronts will do the trick nicely.
Mrs. Mical Atz Brenzel, Garland Drive, Menlo Park