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Mountain View council expected to close Castro Street this summer to make room for outdoor dining

Original post made on Jun 8, 2020

The Mountain View City Council on Tuesday is expected to vote to close off several blocks of Castro Street to traffic through September, allowing downtown restaurants to reopen and use the empty roadway for outdoor dining.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 8, 2020, 1:34 PM

Comments (20)

Posted by A Talking Cat
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 8, 2020 at 3:09 pm

Let's do it today, and make it permanent.

Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 8, 2020 at 5:29 pm

This sounds like a great idea! I'm looking forward to having an outdoor lunch or dinner at one of these restaurants.

Posted by Jes' Sayin'
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2020 at 9:47 pm

Congratulations on finding a way to really irk a lot of people.

Posted by Dave
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Jun 9, 2020 at 9:18 am

Something will need to be done about shading the entire street or it will be a miserable dining experience. Parking will also be an issue if shading is solved, not sure I see a benefit overall to businesses. It will impact traffic quite badly, personally I view it as a negative more than a positive and will likely eat elsewhere.

Posted by Darin
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2020 at 2:28 pm

And don't forget that everyone in your party must live in the same household. I don't know about you, but that eliminates most of my restaurant visits.

Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Castro City
on Jun 9, 2020 at 2:56 pm

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Posted by Please Be Safe
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jun 9, 2020 at 3:12 pm

I sincerely hope restaurants follow the stipulation of the County Order that states diners must be from the same family or household:

"Outdoor seating arrangements shall limit the number of patrons at a single table to no more than six (6) individuals, all of whom must be from the same household or living unit. Members of separate households or living units are not allowed to dine at the same table."

With outdoor seating, it seems that MVPD should be able to stroll the street and warn/sanction obvious violators.

We want to get things back, but for the good of the community (and for these re-openings to be long-lasting), we need to follow the distancing regulations.

Thank you all!

Posted by Police profiling
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 9, 2020 at 3:47 pm

Please be safe- you mean you want the MVPD to profile people sitting at tables??? Yeah. That has worked out well.

Posted by YES!
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2020 at 4:08 pm

This is great...maybe permanent??? Lot's of smiling faces in our house right now.

Posted by Duane
a resident of another community
on Jun 9, 2020 at 7:16 pm

Its either close Castro or pay a Billion $++++??? for a grade separation at the tracks,with the coming electrification of Cal-train and more trains per hour, one can just sit in their car an watch the train's go by ,I'll just go over to the Shoreline over pass.
With the money not spent on building the grade separation,spend it on more parking structures.

Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Castro City
on Jun 9, 2020 at 9:22 pm

Downtown is dealing with a serious structural change.

The street needs WIDENING in order to accommodate future traffic.

The parking allocation needs SERIOUS upgrading.

The Station is going to see a MAJOR refit.

The REALITY is that most existing structures may need to be razed for new plans and arrangements.

Has anyone played SIMCITY?

It forced major demolition and re-planning as you play the game.

It is overdue in Mountain View this street has not been touched in more than 30-40 years.

Posted by Max Hauser
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 9, 2020 at 11:15 pm

City Council approved the proposal in tonight's meeting, unanimously, about an hour ago. Closing four blocks of Castro to allow expanded outdoor restaurant dining.

Many supportive comments were received (or expressed by Council members) and very little opposition.

Posted by JustSayin
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Jun 10, 2020 at 9:25 am

Some how eating outside in the summer heat on a dark asfault road does not seem inviting. Not to mention parking... Like where.

Also, rumor has it the #BLM protesters might target Castro street's outdoor dining venue. CHECK PLEASE!!!

Posted by Love this
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 10, 2020 at 10:55 am

Riding bikes downtown on a shady evening for dinner? Yes please. HELL YES PLEASE. I bet I'll be able to bring my dog too :) :) :)

Posted by 40 yrs in MV
a resident of Slater
on Jun 10, 2020 at 11:50 am

Well then I will no longer spend money in that part of town, until this is over. Sure I am one person but I'm told that's is all I need to make a difference. That being said something tells me that I will not be alone.

Posted by Then it's settled
a resident of Bailey Park
on Jun 10, 2020 at 12:39 pm

Sounds like some will flock to it and some will not.
Sounds like everyone has a plan that will work for them.

Posted by Amy
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 10, 2020 at 12:49 pm

This is a super idea. It will be so pleasant to eat outside without traffic just one foot away on the other side of a potted plant. I’m also looking forward to more room to walk and bike in the center of the street.
Thanks Mountain View!

Posted by Hurry Please
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 10, 2020 at 1:53 pm

My kid's have already put in their requests, and I reeeeally hope Eureka! is one that will open in the street because otherwise I'm hosed. Haha.
So looking forward to being out again. The restrictions create more ease of mind.

Posted by Tina
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2020 at 2:56 pm

ITS ABOUT TIME!!! The restaurants won't make it without these changes.I hope the city will provide bike racks on every block. Since Covid, many more people have gotten bikes for their families.
Also, its inevitable that the street will have to close because of the electrification of Caltrain. This is the perfect time to test out the closure and provide alternate ways for folks to drive in and park. I suggest we add more underground parking in any new developments and 1 more multistory garage.I am not crazy about garages but its not fair to the neighborhoods near downtown. The city will probably give property owners stickers to park in front of their own house at some point. Like any changes in life there are good and bad outcomes and you cannot please everyone.

Posted by Kevin Fogarty
a resident of another community
on Jun 24, 2020 at 11:47 am

The closure of the street to allow restaurants to use the additional space for outside seating, if they are to remain open under the loosing of the restrictions, is badly required from a public safety point of view. I recently drove down Castro and there was absolutely now social distancing being carried out by the open restaurants expect for 1. People were dining outside crammed side by side and back to back with other people in strict violation of the guidelines. No social distancing measures had been put in place at all. With the virus still a very real threat, and given the recent spike in infected numbers, its disgraceful that all these restaurants were allowed to open without following such precautions and endangering its customer's. However, all those customer's do have a part to play here and are not without blame. We as consumers should be demanding they put in place sufficient distancing between tables for our own safety. Personally I will not be visiting any restaurant any time soon but, if I do, I would not eat anywhere that did not follow the guidance and have sufficient safe guards in place.

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