Goodbye, Sunset


Sunset Publishing Corporation permanently vacated its offices Friday, Dec. 4.

It sold its Menlo Park properties in December 2014 to Embarcadero Capital Partners, and will relocate its offices to two new sites.

Editorial and business operations will move to Oakland's Jack London Square. The test garden beds and kitchen will move to Sonoma and share space with Cornerstone Sonoma, which contains gardens, wine-tasting, art galleries and outdoor event space.

Sunset permanently closed its gardens to the public Oct. 30.

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Posted by Gern
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Dec 8, 2015 at 2:06 pm

Gern is a registered user.

There is, sadly, no good way to spin this loss unless you're an ardent supporter of high-density housing in Menlo Park (and I know some of you are). With the exit of Sunset, Roger Reynolds, Iberia and, for some, Foster's Freeze followed by the entry of massive new office development and yet more dense housing we seem in great haste to sacrifice suburban character and scale for quasi-urban vibrancy, though the only thing "vibrant" about the change will be the thrum of markedly increased automobile traffic on our streets during commute and school hours.

Menlo Park has become something of a litmus test for whether suburban character still has a place on the peninsula -- I do not count rarified hamlets like Atherton and Hillsborough, which needn't trifle with base concerns such as housing density and large-scale office development -- and events of late make clear the answer to such questions. Objectively this is neither good nor bad -- it's just at odds with the reason I chose to buy a home and raise a family in Menlo Park, and I alone need deal with that.


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Posted by Mlk
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 8, 2015 at 9:43 pm

Sorry to see them go. I hope the garden remains at least partially intact-the heritage oaks are beautiful. I wonder who's next?

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Posted by Steverino
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Dec 8, 2015 at 10:45 pm

Cancelled our subscription. Hope somebody manages to save the creekside heritage oaks with the anchors for hauling wagons through the old Middlefield crossing.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Dec 9, 2015 at 3:09 pm

Gern - I well understand your point of view. Thank you for such thoughtful comments.

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