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Resident group sues city over planned Sharon Road sidewalks

Original post made on Apr 10, 2021

A group of residents has filed a lawsuit over a recent Menlo Park City Council decision to install sidewalks on Sharon Road near La Entrada Middle School, claiming that they will result in physical changes and harm to the environment.

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Posted by gps
a resident of Las Lomitas School
on Apr 10, 2021 at 9:27 am

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Build the sidewalk. The environment has already been destroyed by the continued presence of toxic people like this.

Posted by Laurel Mom
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 10, 2021 at 3:46 pm

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Wow, what a mysterious complaint. The addition of sidewalks will make the neighborhood *better* and friendlier. When we bought our house in the Willows, we were drawn to the neighborhood because it has sidewalks. People are always out walking, and the community feel is wonderful. The areas of Menlo Park that don't have sidewalks are less safe and I would not feel as comfortable walking as I do in our neighborhood that has sidewalks. We hate walking along Coleman toward Lower Laurel, where there is no sidewalk. I wish we could have a sidewalk added there.

It's quite funny (ridiculous) that the neighbors are trying to preserve a "rural feel." Menlo Park is a suburb, not a rural community. The density of housing has already established its suburban character. If these neighbors want to live in a rural area, they can move to one.

I suspect that the neighbors are sad about the loss of some parking spaces, and the arguments about the "rural feel" are specious. Either that, or they're very confused about what actually makes a neighborhood a friendly and desirable place to live. In my view, a neighborhood is lovely when neighbors can chat on the sidewalk and children can walk safely to school.

Posted by MP Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 10, 2021 at 5:27 pm

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Disappointing it came to this. Also disappointing that respondents are attacking people instead of an argument.

Neighbors prefer a wide asphalt strip and parking restrictions when kids would be passing. This was recommended by staff, who our taxes are paying for their expertise. Wanting what staff proposed hardly makes these people idiots or not understanding what makes a neighborhood.

The Complete Streets committee wants a standard solution for the city. Maybe that is valid, but maybe not. They are volunteers serving on a committee, which is generous of them, but having them set policy for the city is overreach.

I think Council made the wrong call on this. Following staff's recommendation while satisfying the people most impacted would have been the right move. Hopefully, they can work this out without a big, expensive legal fight where no one wins.

Posted by Janet Chen
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 11, 2021 at 11:07 pm

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NIMBYs gonna NIMBY on everything.

As much as I hate it, it's about time to strip away local control and move the decision making to the center on what gets built and where.

And get rid of CEQA. It's done enough environmental damage already. So excited for the upcoming fire season.

The only way out is to build dense to save our economy and our planet. Ban single family zoning.

Oh and about time we got rid of prop 13 subsidies for the boomers sitting on multi-million dollars in equity and who are on the frontlines of all this NIMBYism. Always.

Posted by winston katz
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 12, 2021 at 12:50 pm

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- have to agree. the lack of sidewalks is appalling, not quaint, down home, village like nor anything of the sort. It looks cheap and unfinished. It is equally appalling that anyone would oppose sidewalks in their neighborhood, especially in a high traffic area, on a school route AND lots of seniors. Gimme a break

Posted by suburban park resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Apr 12, 2021 at 2:10 pm

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Seems like this is all about parking. Sidewalks make it safer for pedestrians, especially for kids and the elderly.

Posted by Robert Cronin
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 12, 2021 at 11:11 pm

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A street without sidewalks is a street for cars, not people.

Posted by Matt
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 16, 2021 at 11:03 am

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these people need to learn how to care about our community and cooperate to help people move safely through menlo park. the selfishness on display here is pretty disgraceful.

Posted by Harry Bellingham III
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jun 16, 2021 at 10:36 pm

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Good for them. Menlo does not need any more sidewalks. They are dangerous, and unattractive. The worst aspect of urban sprawl and overgrowth. Portola valley does not have sidewalks, and for good reason. Sidewalks are also a safety hazard for cars and pedestrians alike. Time to go back to the drawing board! Perhaps encourage pedestrians to use alternate routes, or to drive instead!

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 17, 2021 at 6:49 am

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I assume you're being sarcastic. [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language]

Posted by Harry Bellingham III
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jun 17, 2021 at 1:40 pm

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Menlo votar—no need for snarky comment. I am just stating the obvious. Trails and paths are much more appealing than a concrete slab of pavement, and are also much more environmentally friendly. Why isn’t this being taken into account??

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 17, 2021 at 6:40 pm

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sidewalks are safer than no sidewalks. No sidewalks, people walk in the road where it is hazardous. With sidewalks, they don't. duh

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