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How would you spend $10 million downtown?

Original post made on Oct 8, 2010

If the six candidates for City Council were given $10 million to improve Mountain View's downtown, the area could end up with a subsidized grocery store, more park space, incentives for new retail stores, a revamped Civic Center plaza or tiny new "sidewalk parks," depending on which one you asked.

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Posted by Nightwalking hippie
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 8, 2010 at 2:01 pm

The little sidewalk parks. Put alot of benches out so when prop 19 passes, we all have a nice outdoor place to sit after indulging, while walking around in the back lots.


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Posted by John W
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Oct 8, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I would divide up the $10M equally among all of MV's citizens, giving them vouchers that could be spent downtown. And then let the businesses and customers, not the politicians, figure out what they want!


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Willowgate
on Oct 8, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I would extend the 'feel' of downtown down Castro, the side streets and alleys. Then drop the speed limit on Castro between El Camino and Central to 20mph.


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Posted by MV Resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm

With $10M I would open up a new ice cream store on Castro St. and hire nice and efficient people to run it. It would make a killing.


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Posted by Mark Booker
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Oct 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm

How would you spend $10 million downtown?

I'd buy it.


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Posted by John W
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 8, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Yeah, that $130 per person would really go far!

We all have a chance to vote for the politicians. The point is that we give them the responsibility for making our city decisions.

If you have a problem with them doing it, run yourself! Or, if you don't like politicians at all, go move to Cuba - see if you like it better after a year there.


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Posted by Ann Schneider
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 9, 2010 at 11:30 am

Hey the software won't let me insert Other and your list of Mtn View neighborhoods doesn't include Oaktree Commons/Klein Park along Calif. and Ortega. After a zillion attemps I just put in Blossom Valley since our mail center is Blossom Valley.

Neighborhood Oaktree Commons / Rengstorff/Ortega Neighborhood

Hasn't downtown received enough money, there are many other areas of the City that need redevelopment and sprucing up. Drive down California and see the pockets of decay, San Antonio Shopping Center, and the Mtn. View portions of San Antonio Blvd. And I am sure there are many other small neighborhoods that have been neglected by the city for decades. Enough with downtown. How 'bout the rest of the city.


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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Invest it in gold in the hope that the city might be able to pay the outrageous pension debt it has boxed itself into.


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Posted by ann
a resident of another community
on Oct 10, 2010 at 9:52 am

old ben....you are right on...run for council....


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Posted by Kristine
a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm

what I want is reasonably cheap. More bike parking. Everywhere, at downtown, at san antonio, at costco, at charleston plaza and anywhere else with retail that I missed. We have lots of bike lanes that continue to be underutilized without the amount of bike parking which correlate which the amount of bikes traffic that would allow for real congestion relief and economic returns in investment of bike lanes in the first place.


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Posted by MV Resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 10, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Bike parking at Costco. LOL. Let me see, I'll just hitch this U-Haul trailer to my Schwinn to haul this 24-pack of mayonnaise tubs home.


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Posted by Kristine
a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 11, 2010 at 1:24 am

Okay first, there are bike trailers along with cargo bikes that are available that can handle very sizable grocery trips and two, who needs that much mayonnaise? Plus, if others are using bike parking instead of car parking don't you benefit?


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Posted by Marc
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Oct 11, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I would close down Castro Street just short of the railroad tracks, extend a little park across the street opposite the train station, and realign the intersection of Villa Street and Evelyn to allow through traffic from Evelyn to either make a left onto Castro, or to go through to Villa. This would cut down on a lot of the traffic congestion on Castro, and enhance safety without having to go to the expense of separating the railroad tracks from the roadway and sidewalk.


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Posted by Argie
a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 12, 2010 at 1:36 am

For safety reasons, I would put crosswalks in the middle of blocks on Villa between Shoreline and Calderon OR install NO JAY WALKING SIGNS mid-blocks, and perhaps some on Dana. I would divide the remainder of the money between Mountain View neighborhoods for necessary improvements and city enforcement of regulations upon shopping centers' owners to provide and maintain property (weeds, trash, etc.) surrounding their properties. Trying sharing the funding with the entire Mountain View communities not just downtown and make all MV residents happier.


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Posted by MTV
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 12, 2010 at 11:33 am

Enough with Downtown. As another reader said there are a lot of neighborhoods in MTV that are below par. California st.between Shorline and Rengstroff is perfect example. Put some side parks or plant some trees in the middle of the road over there !!!


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Posted by k
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:07 am

...There is already a grocery store downtown. There's the medium sized Chinese market, Mountain View Market, that actually has a good amount of non-Chinese stuff. I'd say help out their business and spruce it up (maybe through a grant or loan and some sort of small business advice), and encourage people to support local business over big chains like whole paycheck!

Another grocery store would take away business from great little local stores like California Market, Mountain View Market, Milk Pail, and Easy Foods.


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Posted by Thom
a resident of Jackson Park
on Oct 13, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Why not make vendors change the colors of their outdoor seating while changing out the street lights. Oh wait that's been done already. . .twice


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Shoreline West
on Nov 6, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I would spend $10 million downtown on a quality homeless shelter. It could serve as a safety net for City of Mountain View employees and displaced high-tech employees. Other Mountain View residents could apply as the economy makes apparent.


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