Viewpoint - August 31, 2011

Letter: Worried about market, parking structures in MP

(The following letter was addressed to the Menlo Park City Council.)

My husband and I have lived and shopped in Menlo Park for the past 20 years. We are focused on patronizing businesses in our community and have seen many come and go as we consistently shop the very popular Sunday farmers' market.

As we look at multiple vacant buildings along El Camino Real and Santa Cruz Avenue, we question the viability of a covered marketplace and two parking structures. Marketplaces such as Faneuil Hall in Boston succeed because of the extremely heavy tourist traffic in a city with a population of over 615,000. The characteristics of Menlo Park are far different than those of Boston and we have serious doubts about the success of the rezone and redesign as currently planned.

Please consider a compromise solution that enhances the value inherent in Menlo Park, including convenient parking, an enviable Sunday farmers' market, local shops and great restaurants.

Dianna Wellen Traylor, Burgess Drive, Menlo Park


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