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By Paul Bendix

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About this blog: A 32-year resident of Menlo Park, I regularly make my way around downtown in a wheelchair. This gives me an unusual perspective on a town in which I have spent almost half of my life. I was educated at UC Berkeley, and permanentl...  (More)

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Garbage Can on the Tracks
Feb 8, 2015 5:58 pm
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After Caltrain's 8:39 AM weekday express left Menlo Park last Thursday, someone in San Francisco rolled a 55-gallon garbage can in its path. To the south, the town... More
Youth on the Edge
Feb 1, 2015 8:01 pm
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"You're very polite," a fellow patron of Draeger's coffee bar observed on her way out. She was referring to the loud and remarkably two-way conversation behind me.... More
Menlo Park Playing Nicely
Jan 29, 2015 10:24 am
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Menlo Park, I explain to outsiders, is a city of contradictions. We are home to SRI, one of the world's great research institutions – served by a rail station that... More
Rugged in Retail
Jan 20, 2015 11:30 am
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When it comes to shopping, I am all efficiency. A preemptive strike on Trader Joe's. A raid on Draegers. A daylight sortie on Cook's Seafood. I do not linger over... More
End of Suburbia
Jan 13, 2015 6:15 pm
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A friend's wife is mad at me, he recently confided, over Proposition M. I smiled wanly. What can one say? What one thinks is another matter. Something is happening... More
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