I have been studying, looking at the drawings of the San Antonio Shopping Center Phase 2 plans, yes change is hard to swallow. Look at what has happened around here. While you live in the Crossings, remember this was the site of the Old Mill and the AMC Old Mill 6 theater. I saw Star Wars here. For those in the Monte Loma, you were near Mayfield Mall, which in its day was a nice place to shop.
San Antonio at one time was large to be rated as the 5th most busiest shopping center in the county, Sears, Liberty House, Mervyn's, Best, Gemco and Grodin's were found here. The decline of San Antonio didn't happen over night, took some time, but the writing was on the wall. Sunnyvale and Vallco were built, Stanford and Valley Fair went though some major upgrades. Eastridge and Westgate were just to far away along with Hillsdale. The Great Mall, Gilroy Outlets and now Santana Row.
Valley Fair, Santana Row are now planning major upgrades, within 10 years I would say Stanford will have a upgrade. While we sit it out, fight about traffic, views and small business we might get left in the dirt. Traffic will still remain, you will have your views and the small businesses will wonder why couldn't we upgrade. Los Altos will get a school but Mountain View but will left with a shopping center the could have been upgraded.
Hotels will go to other cities, Sunnyvale could get the theater and shops, along with Santa Clara and Palo Alto. We will get stuck with Ross, BevMo or more fast food.
Posted by Change, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 25, 2013 at 8:06 pm
"..., yes change is hard to swallow."
It's not that.. It's that change for the WORSE is hard to swallow. Or rather, watching property developers (with their supporters in the City) ruin the character of this town.
Most successful malls are within a few minute drive of a major freeway. At best, you are looking at 10 minutes to 85 and 15 minutes to 101. At peak times, you are talking 30 minutes. I hope the development is a success, but we should be prepared for a ghost town...
Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community, on Mar 26, 2013 at 2:49 pm
When this shopping center was planned and the first part of it was built, Bayshore Highway was a 4 lane road, freeway standard was completed in 1964.