By Dana Hendrickson
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About this blog: I hope readers of my blog will join me and other members of the Menlo Park community in a collective effort to transform our downtown into a much more appealing place, one where residents enjoy a lot more positive experiences and ... (More)
About this blog: I hope readers of my blog will join me and other members of the Menlo Park community in a collective effort to transform our downtown into a much more appealing place, one where residents enjoy a lot more positive experiences and local businesses thrive. During the past decade, the vitality of our central retail district has continually declined, the victim of changing consumer behavior and negligible attention to economic development.
Fortunately, there are now promising signs this trend has ended. Attractive outdoor dining areas, a new community plaza on main street and a weekly gourmet food market are some examples. In this blog I discuss what is happening on this front including how residents, the City Council, the Chamber of Commerce, and downtown businesses can collectively make more progress.
Success will require new thinking, unprecedented commitments, and action-oriented experimentation. Our downtown is emerging from the pandemic with strong momentum. Let's not waste this wonderful opportunity.
My blog also covers what's happening in the El Camino and the train station business districts, as changes there are also important and can have huge impacts on downtown.
I have worked in many Silicon Valley companies, and after retiring shifted my focus to helping local and national nonprofits. I was raised in a small town in Maine and earned degrees at Brown University and the Stanford Business School. My family moved to central Menlo Park in 1985. (Hide)
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Having A "Turkey-Less" Menlo Park Thanksgiving? Or Simply Tired of Leftovers Again? Then Help Our Local Restaurants! All week!
Uploaded: Nov 23, 2020
Now through Sunday, November 29
simply order a delicious take-out lunch or dinner from a local restaurant - or eat in their indoor and outdoor dining areas.
You will help financially struggling restaurant owners and their employees, as they desperately NEED your business during these tough times.
And your family will love the meals (and you).
Now that’s something special to be thankful for.
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