After months of study, numerous public meetings, many, many private meetings with residents, countless e-mail messages, and very considerable thought, I voted with the majority of council to approve the project. I love my downtown neighborhood, where I have lived for the past 23 years — a walkable and very diverse neighborhood. The Prometheus project will add some housing options for people unable or unwilling as yet to afford the high costs of single-family residences but eager to live in a friendly, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood with good public transit options.
Nothing in the decision I made regarding this specific lot on Evelyn Avenue should be taken as implying that I would necessarily approve another high-density project downtown, or in any other part of the city. Several times in the past few years your paper characterized me as being "slow growth" when I voted against higher-density projects that I thought were badly designed or inappropriate for their proposed location.
In truth, I am neither slow-growth nor fast-growth. I judge each project that comes before me on its own merits, with a view to fulfilling what our residents recently defined as the vision for Mountain View: a city that "provides for the needs of all residents," with "a lively downtown, vibrant neighborhoods and a healthy economy."
Ronit Bryant is Mayor of Mountain View.
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