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Separate Entrances for BMR and Market Rate Apartments?

So here's a tough one emanating from that grand transit-oriented, high-density housing platform called Manhattan Island. Extell Development proposes construction...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jul. 21, 2014
There are no comments yet. 11457 Views

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The Taboo Topic of Ageism in Silicon Valley

A few years ago I searched for a technical expert for a case involving set top box circuitry and functionality and located someone here in the Valley. Meeting at...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jun. 25, 2014
Last comment by you can make it, on Jul 15, 2014 at 7:04 pm | 19 comments | 17531 Views

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Think housing is expensive here? NYC struggles with affordable housing.

This morning's New York Times has a good article ("Affordable Housing...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jun. 8, 2014
There are no comments yet. 4779 Views

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The November Menlo Park Council Election: The Incumbents Need to Speak Up

With the June Election headed to history in a couple of weeks, attention will quickly turn to the November Election. Three seats on the Menlo Park Council will...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on May. 26, 2014
Last comment by Roy Thiele-Sardiña, on Jun 4, 2014 at 11:01 am | 25 comments | 6092 Views

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Approaches to Predicting the Future

Downtown Palo Alto hosts the Institute for the Future. Menlo Park hosts Madame Katherine, Palm Reader. Other than wondering...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jun. 3, 2014
There are no comments yet. 4541 Views

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Riding with the Menlo Park Police Community Academy

A few weeks ago I placed an MPPD Police officer into handcuffs - after I twisted his arms into a painful hold. This was part of behind-the-scenes workshops provided...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on May. 15, 2014
Last comment by Charlie Bourne, on Jun 2, 2014 at 11:47 am | 3 comments | 9287 Views

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Purge the Subscriptions Day

I just got off the phone with AT&T regarding my father's phone account. A very pleasant and knowledgeable person was on the other end of the line, who could also...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Apr. 28, 2014
There are no comments yet. 4907 Views

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Menlo Saves: Predictability is a Two-Way Street

I write this paragraph from 77th and Broadway. Looking out the window I see a great urban example: 3 traffic lanes in each direction, green median,...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Apr. 7, 2014
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Apr 10, 2014 at 1:49 pm | 14 comments | 54928 Views

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Menlo Saves: Optimizing Outcomes

(Or, Wrestling with Menlo Park's Specific Plan for El Camino in a Nutshell) The downtown plan is a case study in conflicting optimizations. We don't need to...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Mar. 19, 2014
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Mar 25, 2014 at 1:45 pm | 11 comments | 33186 Views

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Menlo Saves: A Retrospective on Ballot Measures in Menlo Park and Palo Alto

My first draft of this entry began last November, but morphed over time into multiple topics. For clarity I'll focus on history. Last November Palo Alto voters...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Feb. 26, 2014
There are no comments yet. 5575 Views

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Reporting Live from MP Train Station Food Trucks: I predict that the sun will rise tomorrow.

As a follow-on to my prior post: Borrone's Market bar opens and

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Feb. 19, 2014
Last comment by fact, on Feb 23, 2014 at 11:29 pm |
7 comments | 5700 Views

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Reporting Live From Borrone?s MarketBar

Today(Thursday) is opening day for the long-awaited Borrone's MarketBar ? located between the Menlo Park train station and the foundational Café Borrone Mother...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Feb. 13, 2014
There are no comments yet. 6569 Views

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Denmark Stumbles

I've long had an affinity for Denmark, even taking 3 years of Danish in college and visiting 3 times. And Palo Alto hosts a local diplomatic outpost – the...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Feb. 11, 2014
Last comment by Alan, on Feb 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm | 1 comment | 4412 Views

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What?s Next for Nest?

Earlier this week Google announced that it would purchase Nest for $3.2 Billion. I am a fan of both companies, both innovators for which the Valley is known. But...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jan. 17, 2014
Last comment by Stu Soffer, on Jan 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm | 5 comments | 7325 Views

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Bring Me the Head of Nutty the Squirrel

Well, not literally. I'm just adapting a title from Scott Adams' Dilbert: Bring Me the Head of Willy the Mailboy. The Dilbert comic series follows the foibles...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jan. 17, 2014
There are no comments yet. 4245 Views

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Food Trucks at the Menlo Park Train Station

I understand the incipient squealing from established restaurants that the food trucks poach customers. When the downtown Farmers' Market was first proposed the...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jan. 2, 2014
Last comment by linda hill, on Jan 12, 2014 at 11:26 pm | 11 comments | 21183 Views

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Remembering JFK

President John F Kennedy was assassinated on my birthday when I was in sixth grade. That created four days of indelible memories, glued to our black & white TV...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Nov. 22, 2013
There are no comments yet. 12717 Views

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Insights from a Blind Architect

This week's digest of TED Talks caught my eye. The description of the first video was intriguing:...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Nov. 18, 2013
Last comment by the problem, on Nov 22, 2013 at 8:32 am |
2 comments | 15962 Views

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Is it easier to get a permit to remove 62 trees than 1 tree in Menlo Park?

Menlo Park has a heritage tree ordinance to preserve the stock of healthy trees from premature extraction. Portions of the ordinance were contentious in the...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Nov. 12, 2013
Last comment by Potomac Fever, on Nov 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm | 1 comment | 5038 Views

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Leveling the Playing Field in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Our software company, searching for programmers, once advertised an Open House. Thirty prospective employees came to graze on pizza and make the rounds. Afterward,...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Oct. 31, 2013
Last comment by Stu Soffer, on Nov 7, 2013 at 11:00 am | 6 comments | 7950 Views
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