Town Square

Mountain Bay Plaza's muddy beginnings

Original post made on Jan 8, 2009

Today, locals walking by Mountain View's tallest building -- the 12-story office structure at 444 Castro St. -- are greeted with the sights and sounds of the city's vibrant downtown. In the 1970s, they were greeted with barking dogs.

The man behind the plan:== [Web Link ==B planning director Bob Lawrence==]

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Posted by Lucky, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 8, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Before the dogs we'd sneak in and horse around, we hiked up the stairs to the roof, my buddy crazy Charles threw a coke bottle off the roof to Castro St. In those days it was like a ghost town after 6pm. Now look, I liked it better back then for sure.

Posted by O Rule, a resident of Castro City
on Jan 10, 2009 at 1:04 am

No one invited me up to the rooftop. I was probably too busy delivering newspapers up and down Calif. Ave. I liked it better back then also. Now look, Mountain View is just as snotty as Los Altos.

I wonder if there are any asian businesses in that building. With an address like "444" it translates to Triple Death in Chinese. Change the address and lease out the offices to local entrepreneurs at a discount rate

Posted by Local employee, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 12, 2009 at 9:20 am

Mountain Bay Plaza is greatly of out scale with the other structures on Castro, but ultimately it may have been the catalyst for other improvements that makes Castro such a vital, thriving dining district today. So many people say they like cities the way there were a long time ago. Yet its probably better to move on with the times, appreciate the benefits we have, and smell the roses.

Posted by Lucky, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 14, 2009 at 6:48 am

Not doberman dogs/german sheperd doo doo dogs.

Posted by Nana, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 14, 2009 at 11:07 am

I always thought this building looked like a big waffle.