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Re: Vision, leadership and courage.

From: domainremoved <Peter>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:16:40 -0800


1 - Santana Row[1] <http://www.santanarow.com/> offers a mix of brand name shops, local boutiques, 20 restaurants, 9 spas and salons, CineArts movie theatre and the boutique Hotel Valencia[2] <http://www.hotelvalencia-santanarow.com/>. The shops range from luxury brands like Gucci <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gucci>, Kate Spade <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Spade> to casual brands like Diesel <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_S.p.A.>, H&M <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%26M>, Ann Taylor LOFT <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Taylor_LOFT>, Anthropologie <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropologie>, Free People <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_People>, and Urban Outfitters <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_Outfitters>. Also on The Row are restaurants ranging from local concepts like Left Bank Brasserie and sister restaurant LB Steak <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=LB_Steak&action=edit&redlink=1>, Pizza Antica, and Blowfish Sushi, to chains like The Counter <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Counter>, Maggiano's Little Italy <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maggiano%27s_Little_Italy>, Pinkberry <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinkberry> and a Yard House <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yard_House> that closes at 11:00pm. The district is anchored by Crate & Barrel <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crate_%26_Barrel>, Best Buy <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_Buy>, and The Container Store <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Container_Store>.
Neighborhood[edit <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Santana_Row&action=edit&section=2>]
The Residences at Santana Row feature 834 homes (219 privately owned condos and 615 rental homes), with more than 1,000 residents.[citation needed <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed>] Bars and restaurants at Santana Row close several hours earlier due to proximity to residences.
Awards[edit <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Santana_Row&action=edit&section=3>]
The collaborative design effort earned Santana Row two major awards, the CELSOC Engineering Excellence Award <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=CELSOC_Engineering_Excellence_Award&action=edit&redlink=1> in 2004, and Builder Magazine <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Builder_Magazine&action=edit&redlink=1>’s Project of the Year in 2003.
The design team, including SB Architects, BAR Architects, Steinberg Architects and landscape architects The SWA Group and April Philips Design Works, worked on behalf of the project developers, Federal Realty Investment Trust.
When presenting the award, judges from Builder Magazine <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Builder_Magazine&action=edit&redlink=1> noted the street’s European atmosphere that was achieved by employing a variety of architectural designs for the structures as well as sophisticated landscaping details.[citation needed <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed>]These details focused on the use of mature oak and palm trees, shaded grassy plazas, courtyards, and fountains, intimate public seating areas, extra-wide sidewalks and street medians, and multi-use destinations such as Park Valencia, which hosts live music, and other public gatherings.

2 - The Pearl Street Mall (also referred to as Pearl Street, or Downtown Boulder) is a four block pedestrian mall in Boulder, Colorado <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boulder,_Colorado>. The pedestrian area stretches from 11th Street to 15th Street along Pearl Street and is home to a number of businesses and restaurants as well as the Boulder County Courthouse.
Contents [hide <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Street_Mall#>]
1 About <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Street_Mall#About>
2 History <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Street_Mall#History>
3 References <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Street_Mall#References>
4 External links <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Street_Mall#External_links>
About[edit <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pearl_Street_Mall&action=edit&section=1>]
The Pearl Street Mall is a popular destination for tourists visiting Boulder and for students attending the nearby University of Colorado Boulder <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Colorado_Boulder>. The mall hosts a blend of locally-owned businesses and national chain stores and restaurants.[1] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Street_Mall#cite_note-1> It is also home to much of Boulder's nightlife. During the summer months, Pearl Street Mall is the stage for a number of street performers <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_performers>, including musicians. It is also a favorite gathering spot for many of Boulder's homeless people.
The Pearl Street Mall is filled with public art, including numerous fountains and sculptures as well as a sandbox for children, a stylized map of Boulder County <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boulder_County,_Colorado> and a number of small gardens which are planted with a variety of flowers and trees, most notably tulips <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulips> in the spring.
The Mall is at the heart of downtown Boulder, in the western part of present-day Boulder. The area is a historic district and many of the buildings are among the oldest in Boulder. The Boulder County Courthouse is located in the 1300 block on the north side of the mall. Although the courthouse no longer houses the actual courts for Boulder County <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boulder_County,_Colorado>, it remains the seat of county government.
History[edit <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pearl_Street_Mall&action=edit&section=2>]
As a Planning Board member, Carl A. Worthington began working on the project in 1966 in an attempt to revitalize Boulder's downtown. In 1973 he prepared a Master Plan which was approved by an 86% majority.[2] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Street_Mall#cite_note-2> The Pearl Street Mall was constructed between June 1976 and August 1977 and was officially dedicated on August 6, 1977. The design team consisted of three firms: CommArts, Inc. <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=CommArts,_Inc.&action=edit&redlink=1> (Boulder), Everett Ziegel Associates (Boulder), and Watertown, Massachusetts <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watertown,_Massachusetts>-based Sasaki Associates <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sasaki_Associates>.[3] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Street_Mall#cite_note-3>

3 - San Fransisco's Union Square
Union Square was originally a tall sand dune <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sand_dune>, and the square was later set aside to be made into a public park in 1850. Union Square got its name from the pro-Union rallies held there on the eve of the Civil War. The monument itself is also a tribute to the sailors of the United States Navy.[3] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Square,_San_Francisco#cite_note-3>
Union Square was built and dedicated by San Francisco's first American mayor John Geary <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Geary> in 1850 and is so named for the pro-Union rallies that happened there before and during the United States Civil War <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Civil_War>. Since then the plaza has undergone many notable changes, one of the most significant happening in 1903 with the dedication of a 97 ft (30 m) tall monument <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monument> to Admiral George Dewey <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Admiral_Dewey>'s victory at the Battle of Manila Bay <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Manila_Bay>during the Spanish-American War <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish-American_War>. It also commemorates U.S. President William McKinley <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_McKinley>, who had been recently assassinated. Executed by Robert Aitken, the statue <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue>at the top of the monument, "Victory", was modeled after a voluptuous Danish-American stenographer and artist's model, Alma de Bretteville <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_de_Bretteville_Spreckels>, who eventually married one of San Francisco's richest citizens.[4] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Square,_San_Francisco#cite_note-4> Another significant change happened between 1939 and 1941 when a large underground parking garage <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parking_garage> was built under the square; this meant the plaza's lawns, shrubs and the Dewey monument were now on the garage "roof." It was the world's first underground parking garage and was designed by Timothy Pflueger.[5] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Square,_San_Francisco#cite_note-5>


Peter Carpenter
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> On Jan 27, 2015, at 11:02 AM, Peter Carpenter <peterfcarpenter_at_(domainremoved)
> It would be a tragic mistake if Menlo Park chooses a short term solution (one parking lot) to solve a small part of a long term problem( a more vibrant downtown) .
> Take all the public property including all the parking lots, all of Santa Cruz Ave and all the cross streets between ECR and University and Menlo and Oak Grove and put it into a design competition to create a totally walkable, bicyclable, playable, shopable surface area with ALL the parking underground. This total publicly owned land is incredible valuable and developing it in three dimensions could provide an exciting opportunity that would attract capital and encourage the current downtown property owners to either find ways to connect their current buildings to this project or allow their properties to be acquired by the City via eminent domain (which has great tax advantages to the current owners) and then placed into the pool for the new integrated design.
> All it would take is vision, leadership and courage.
> Peter Carpenter
> peterfcarpenter_at_(domainremoved)
Received on Tue Jan 27 2015 - 12:10:53 PST

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