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Protest over Rose Market's fate

Original post made on Jul 18, 2013

Over 80 people gathered in front of the Rose Market on Monday night to protest the possible loss of the small shops at the corner of Castro Street and El Camino Real, but the ensuing discussion soon became more broad, complex, and at times, divisive.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 19, 2013, 12:00 AM

Comments (4)

Posted by Concerned Citizen, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Will Council listen to the citizens and act to prevent this??

Narrowing the road is a foolish idea. There are much better ways to protect kids without causing worse traffic - and narrowing the road is likely to increase risk to kids by making people impatient with the traffic slowdowns.

The apartments are out of proportion to the neighborhood. City code lets them skimp on parking in the apartment itself, which will make street parking in the neighborhood much worse - and that also increases risks to kids by reducing visibility and narrowing drive area.

And it takes away local neighbor gathering spots.

There is no aspect of this proposal that is good for the neighborhood. It needs to be stopped in its tracks and completely re-thought.


Posted by ViewFromAfar, a resident of another community
on Jul 19, 2013 at 6:59 am

It should be noted that many of the homes in this neighborhood have driveways that only fit one car in them, so the streets are already quite full of parked cars every evening/morning. If a 200 unit apartment block is going to be dropped on top of this neighborhood, it wouldn't be surprising if the neighborhood streets would need to be resident/permit parking only.

I thought I heard that the developer planned to put a driveway for this development on Castro Street - where Rose Market currently sits - literally, right next to a single family home and not more than 15 yards from Sonia? I'm sure that a driveway in that location won't cause any traffic, noise or pedestrian safety issues, right?


Posted by Jim Neal, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 19, 2013 at 11:04 am

Jim Neal is a registered user.

I was one of the people that was at the Rally for Rose Market and the article that I wrote can be found here:

Web Link

Even if you do not live near Rose Market, what happens here will affect you. We need everyone in Mountain View to get behind this effort to save Rose Market and the other local stores nearby. High density developments popping up everywhere may be fine for Manhattan or San Francisco, but THIS...IS....SPARTA! (Sorry, I mean Mountain View!). Kick this project into the hole before it makes a huge one in the middle of our community!


Posted by Ron, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jul 19, 2013 at 7:07 pm

I attended the protest at the Rose Market Monday night. I am saddened but not surprised to hear that Plan Bay Area has been approved. A group of unelected officials nearly unanimously approved a plan with far reaching ramifications for our communities. There was no way for residents to vote on any aspect of this development at any level. I honestly believe we are reaping the rewards of having a single party dominate political power at every level of the California government. As long as this is the case, I do not see any credible means for concerned citizens to push back against unwanted changes that will transform our home communities; the government has no incentive to listen to us.


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