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Former city manager supports village concept for North Bayshore

Original post made on Feb 16, 2012

As city manager in the early 1980s, Bruce Liedstrand helped lead efforts to transform the city's downtown and create a vision for the North Bayshore area that's now home to Google. But mistakes were made, he says, and he hopes the city doesn't pass on an opportunity to create an "innovation village" in North Bayshore for Google employees and others.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 16, 2012, 11:27 AM

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:59 am

The link doesn't work!! Thanks

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Posted by cls
a resident of another community
on Feb 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Just say "NO" to high density housing.

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Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on Feb 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Mr Liedstrand and other visionaries made downtown Mountain View what it is today. Usually when I mention to people that I live in Mountain View, they tell me how beautiful and vibrant our downtown is. If they live in a nearby city, there is often an undertone of envy in that comment.

Our downtown is the result of carefully mixing housing and commercial development. Have you seen pictures of Castro Street from the 1970s? It was clearly built for cars and not for people. Not very inviting.

So I'm all for a similar vision for the North Bayshore area. If you dislike walkable neighborhoods and prefer to take your car everywhere, consider this: more people living within biking or walking distance of their destinations means fewer cars for you to battle on the roads.

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Posted by Andrea Gemmet
Mountain View Voice Editor
on Feb 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Andrea Gemmet is a registered user.

The link to the city's North Bayshore plan website should be working now.

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Posted by Edgar
a resident of Whisman Station
on Feb 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm

A retired public employee with a second home in Paris. What does that tell us?

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Posted by BD
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 20, 2012 at 11:50 am

Edgar, it could tell us that someone who could afford to spend his time and energy on things far less noble chose to devote his professional career to public service.

I have no particular insight into Mr. Liedstrand's personal situation, but perhaps he got lucky by investing in some of the silicon valley companies his leadership helped attract to the area.

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Posted by Ravindra Srinivas Rao
a resident of another community
on Mar 27, 2013 at 9:17 am

People are addicted to cars and that is why they are showing
"dependency" on cars. Why are they addicted to cars? - because there is no other means of mobility or locomotion which has all the benefits of a personally owned car. Light rail, monorail, PRT, bicycles etc none of these give the advantage of door-step-delivery, speed, freedom of travel, freedom from time tables, freedom from fixed routes. The 21st century is the century of freedom, independence and self expression. A personally owned car is a symbol of freedom. The 21st century commerce and lifestyle has thrown up challenges and the freedom and self expression of the car owner is under a threat due to rising oil prices, parking issues, pollution, health, congestion etc, which has made car journeys an expensive pain. Dependency on cars has also caused dependency on fossil fuels and has forced car users in an polluted environment.

To make people give up their addiction to cars, a new technology is needed to give car users a viable alternative which will restore their freedom although in totally new "Avatar"

The new Avatar is a new technology which will give the car user the freedom to travel the way one likes and in a comfortable way and that too at low cost. A new technology is available now in the form of a public transit system which has all the advantages of a personally owned car and without the problems associated with a personally owned car.

This technology is ready for implementation and I would be happy to partner with a transport technologist to make this technology available in the US. My email id is Cell no 91 9821036731. Ravindra Rao, Mumbai, India

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