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Can Menlo Park Save Its Downtown? Reinvent It? – Part 1

What lies ahead? That’s the big question now on everyone’s mind, including those who live, shop and work in Menlo Park. Last week in the afternoon,...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on May. 11, 2020
Last comment by Dana Hendrickson, on May 27, 2020 at 1:55 pm | 28 comments | 6414 Views

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Hallelujah! "Real Facts" Still Matter To The Menlo Park City Council

This week I watched the Menlo Park City Council approve the study of a promising approach to eliminating the ground-level rail crossings at Ravenswood, Oak Grove...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Jan. 16, 2020
Last comment by The Kid, on Jan 22, 2020 at 8:25 pm | 2 comments | 4208 Views

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Expect Years of Unprecedented Traffic Congestion and More Empty Storefronts

This title is not clickbait. It is a reasonable projection of what will occur in Menlo Park over the next decade. Often the solution to a problem actually makes...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Nov. 11, 2019
Last comment by dana Hendrickson, on Nov 21, 2019 at 2:45 pm | 17 comments | 4434 Views

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Menlo Park Can Learn A Lot About Community-Driven Grade Separation Planning from Palo Alto (Part 1)

Neighboring cities Menlo Park and Palo Alto use strikingly different planning processes for new major civic projects like parking structures and grade separations,...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Oct. 14, 2019
Last comment by PAer, on Oct 15, 2019 at 8:55 am | 3 comments | 3566 Views

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Let's Improve Biking In Downtown Menlo Park - Now

Bike lanes are the gold standard for building bike networks. They dedicate a space to biking and separate bicyclists from motorists using buffers, and often, physical...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Aug. 8, 2019
Last comment by Grant Wilson, on Oct 1, 2019 at 11:17 pm | 18 comments | 4143 Views

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Good News: The New Menlo Park Rail Subcommittee Hits A Home Run

The significance of what happened last night during a Menlo Park City Council Rail Subcommittee meeting cannot be overstated. This was the most productive and civil...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Jul. 17, 2019
Last comment by Morris Brown, on Jul 27, 2019 at 8:51 am | 13 comments | 5006 Views

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More Bad News: Downtown Parking Will Get Much Worse

==I This is the second post in a series that evaluates how Menlo Park plans new civic projects. Hopefully, constructive discussions will eventually lead to important...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Jul. 8, 2019
Last comment by dana hendrickson, on Jul 16, 2019 at 8:51 am | 13 comments | 4467 Views

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Planning For Civic Projects In Menlo Park Needs A Major Reboot. (Part 1)

==I This is the first in a series of occasional posts that will examine how Menlo Park plans new civic projects. My focus is primarily on the commercial and residential...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Jun. 19, 2019
Last comment by Dana Hendrickson, on Jun 19, 2019 at 4:34 pm | 1 comment | 2634 Views

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Should Street Parking Be Removed On Middle For Bicyclists? (Part 1)

This is the first of two posts that deal with this topic. This one presents some facts, assumptions and trade-offs associated with a potential city project. I am...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Apr. 26, 2019
Last comment by Dana Hendrickson, on May 29, 2019 at 3:42 pm | 9 comments | 2641 Views

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It’s Time To Fix The Broken Menlo Park Grade Separation Planning Process

There is compelling evidence that Menlo Park’s planning for grade separations has failed our entire community, not only the directly affected residents and...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Mar. 26, 2019
Last comment by peter, on May 24, 2019 at 5:21 am | 14 comments | 3386 Views

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Please Stop Wagging Menlo Park!

(Who gets to decide the future of our downtown) “Opponents of the viaduct alternative almost succeeded in getting this option eliminated by the city...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Feb. 4, 2019
Last comment by Sam9850, on May 2, 2019 at 9:54 pm | 7 comments | 4328 Views

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New “Bike Lanes” On The East End Of Middle Should Please Everyone

Installing new bike lanes in Menlo Park is always challenging. The streets where they make the most sense were not designed with them in mind, and they are often...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Feb. 26, 2019
Last comment by Sam9850, on May 2, 2019 at 9:53 pm | 14 comments | 3841 Views

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Menlo Park Needs A Fully Elevated Rail System "Downtown"

In my last post, I promised to explain why I, and others, believe fully elevating tracks downtown is a far superior “grade separation”...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Jan. 28, 2019
Last comment by Best assignment help USA, on Apr 26, 2019 at 3:40 am | 22 comments | 6303 Views

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Menlo Park Bike Network Plans Lack Vision And Boldness

My friends and family know how much I love to ride my bike, especially when streets are dry and daytime temperatures rise to at least 65 degrees, and many join me...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Jan. 6, 2019
Last comment by 192.168.1.1, on Apr 5, 2019 at 7:47 am | 11 comments | 4976 Views

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El Camino Is Rapidly Becoming The Bright New Face of Menlo Park

It’s been a long time coming, but a welcome transformation of the El Camino business district in Menlo Park is now well underway, especially on the east side...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Mar. 14, 2019
Last comment by Samuel Y, on Mar 27, 2019 at 10:48 am | 10 comments | 8175 Views

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No One Wants A Train Viaduct Overshadowing Their Backyard

So why bring up this subject? Because for years a small, well-organized neighborhood group of vocal Menlo Park residents has persistently and heatedly claimed a...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Jan. 21, 2019
Last comment by dana hendrickson, on Mar 17, 2019 at 12:03 pm | 7 comments | 4205 Views

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Who Will You Blame For This Coming Menlo Park Disaster?

Traffic congestion remains the number one complaint of Menlo Park residents. And our city government, like us, feels helpless, as it cannot stem the growth of vehicles...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Dec. 20, 2018
Last comment by billy, on Mar 3, 2019 at 7:00 am | 14 comments | 7771 Views

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What Should Be Menlo Park’s Strategic Priorities?

The Menlo Park City Council is currently setting its top strategic priorities for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1. Since our five-person city leadership...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Feb. 11, 2019
Last comment by Menlo Resident, on Feb 15, 2019 at 11:08 am | 1 comment | 3294 Views

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Do NOT Expect A Downtown Parking Garage In Menlo Park During Our Lifetime

December is the worst time to look for a place to park downtown. As I circled the parking plazas a fourth time on a recent afternoon - competing with dozens of other...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Dec. 28, 2018
Last comment by Dana Hendrickson, on Jan 4, 2019 at 3:25 pm | 17 comments | 5745 Views
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