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Traffic study

From: domainremoved <Jane>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2018 16:52:53 -0400

Dear City Council Members:

I just returned to MP and read with amazement the notice that a new 3-story building is planned adjacent to Draeger's loading area. Good grief! Has a study been done recently to assess the impact of this development on local traffic and safety? It's hard for me to see how the benefit of building this project outweighs the costs to the citizens. Given that the corridor along El Camino will be densely built out with residences and commercial in a few years, do we really need more cars in the downtown, eg, Santa Cruz Ave?

Heck, no!

I've lived here for 3 decades and watched in horrified fascination as areas with charm and simple traffic flows have been eroded by lager houses, "mixed use" projects, and inadequate planning to handle the increased traffic. Both my husband and myself have lived in areas that gave up their character and "livability" for developers' profits and short-sighted increases in tax revenue from new projects.

Stop, already!

We have cars zipping through Allied Arts, The Willows, & University Heights to avoid Santa Cruz, Sand Hill and Willow. Sometimes I hold my breath watching kids on skateboards and scooters trying to stay in bike lanes while crazed commuters are cutting 2 minutes off their route to freeways or Stanford (avoiding it or travelling to it, both). This is no longer a family friendly environment, in caser you haven't noticed. Have you tried backing into a parking place on the street downtown lately? Or even finding one?

Please put the brakes on this project and give us a chance to breathe, to linger in front of a local shop, and to cross the street without needing a blaze orange flag to wave as we navigate our way to the public library or Burgess. Can we find a rational solution that respects both the common good and one individual property owner?

Jane David
West Menlo Park
Received on Fri Sep 07 2018 - 13:51:54 PDT

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