If you weren't at last night's study session for the project at 801 El Camino Real, you missed a very informative meeting. Last night, many of us were shocked to learn that although we had been led to believe that Rose Market would have a place to operate during the construction, they will not! Rose would have to shut down it's operations for at least 18 months and maybe several years if this project goes forward as currently planned.
We also learned from one member of the City Council that we are very fortunate that the developer only chose to build a 4 story building because the general plan calls for 8 story buildings the entire length of El Camino Real! Just imagine that! Soon we can be just like San Francisco and Manhattan!
Can't you just smell the fumes from the gridlock? Or visualize the bicycles dodging cabs as both race to get to their destinations in a landlocked city with 5 times the population it should have?
And don't worry about getting a tan if you spend most of your time in Mountain View, with buildings that tall, you'll never even see the sun, even if you live 3 to 4 blocks away in your single family home!
And all the pesky little neighborhood shops? GONE!!! Replaced by great, big brick and mortar big box stores like IKEA!!! You may eventually have to live in an 8x8 cell in a massive development, but hey, when you go to those huge stores, you'll shop all day just to be somewhere that is larger than a phone booth!
Old Mountain View