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An Aspirational New Vision for Downtown Menlo Park - Great Outdoor Dining, Public Art, Lively Community Plaza

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park, on Mar 17, 2021

This is a great time to reconsider what type of downtown our community would like to exist a year from now. The current official vision for downtown, “to preserve its small-town character”, is neither a practical nor aspirational one. We deserve better and should aim a lot higher. A downtown that simply returns to the state existing before the pandemic would be disappointing. Even then, a dozen vacant storefronts marred Santa Cruz and many retailers struggled to survive, and that was during a booming local economy.

I recommend a new vision for our downtown. We can transform it into a special place to share with friends and family and make it a shining source of community pride.

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