I enjoyed your recent editorial about the Milk Pail although I do not agree with everything said.
You correctly state that Milk Pail's low prices can be traced to owning, rather than renting, a small parcel of land. The problem is that the small parcel of land does not provide sufficient parking to meet the store's requirements. Although several alternatives are available at the site or nearby, they all involve renting space rather than owning it, thus falling outside of the successful business model that you describe.
Last year, another retail food business found that opening an outlet in Mountain View caused difficult problems with respect to parking, traffic, noise and other issues. They had to locate in Sunnyvale instead, and seem to be very successful there. Perhaps the Milk Pail may have to do that too.
Bad choices for North Shoreline
It was disappointing to see Mountain View's City Council go down the same path as Palo Alto in choosing all money-making corporations at North Shoreline, with no housing for the workers.
There will be more renters displaced from Mountain View, and more homeless, longer commutes with attendant misery for every home and driver whose streets are blocked with cars going the distance to work and looking for a place to park. Not to mention terrible air quality.
But there is some hope in Margaret Abe-Koga's standing up to a developer thwarted in a plan for a particularly overbuilt building. She did what politicians are all terrified to do: changed course and calmly said "No." Let's hope it's catching.