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Mountain View's downtown to stay closed to vehicle traffic

Original post made on Jan 10, 2021

Castro Street will remain closed to traffic through at least the end of January, despite a countywide prohibition on outdoor dining that eliminated most foot traffic in the normally thriving downtown corridor.

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Comments (9)

Posted by A Talking Cat
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 10, 2021 at 12:15 pm

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Yay! Keep it closed permanently! Castro Street is SO MUCH BETTER without cars! It's cleaner, more pedestrian-friendly, safer, etc.

Posted by Tal Shaya
a resident of another community
on Jan 10, 2021 at 5:37 pm

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"The current ICU capacity is 3%, according to Santa Clara County public health officials."

They've been repeating this number for a while. Hospitals maintain 3% ICU capacity by placing patients in emergency rooms. The truth is, we are OVER ICU CAPACITY and the county is fudging the numbers. They are simply not being honest.

Per the latest town hall, hospitals received 140K vaccinations and used about 1/3 of them. There is really no excuse for this. Blame certainly starts with the failed efforts of Dr. Cody and goes up from there.

Posted by Matt
a resident of another community
on Jan 10, 2021 at 9:16 pm

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I'm from Woodside. I love the closed streets. Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Mt View are all better for them. Keep them closed forever.

Posted by Haroon
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jan 10, 2021 at 11:52 pm

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Keep it closed! Good for the restaurants, good and safe for people. A win win!

Posted by Bernie Brightman
a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 11, 2021 at 9:50 am

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This is wrong. Why should the votes of businesses be the only ones that count? This is a hardship on all the drivers who live in the area. The smart money says the lockdown isn't going to end any time soon. People are dreaming.

Posted by AC
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 11, 2021 at 2:35 pm

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I think the implementation as it is has solved the problem which was debated a few years back, with regard to access across Castro. The fact that cross streets can still go through has solved it. I don't see the need to reopen the Castro Street blocks.

That said, I've noticed some careless pedestrian behaviours. Perhaps we should reconsider implementing walk signs.

Aside from that one problem, it seems to be doing great.

Posted by Jeremy Hoffman
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Jan 11, 2021 at 4:48 pm

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I found the barricades blocking entry to some blocks of Castro St to be too restrictive when pushing a large stroller. If the street isn't even being used for dining, can some of those bollards be removed to facilitate pedestrian and bike traffic? It's annoying to have to walk my bike down all of Castro St when I used to be able to bike down it.

Posted by Dan Waylonis
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jan 11, 2021 at 6:54 pm

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The restaurant closure is unfortunate since we seem to be having nice warm weather these days. The outdoor separated dining tables when used by members of the same household are not likely to be a COVID transmission vector.

Posted by Dave Smith
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 12, 2021 at 12:20 pm

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This is just a underhanded attempt to keep Castro closed permanently to please all the yoyo's who think killing traffic to downtown will help the struggling businesses when outdoor dining isn't even using it. Next we will see some stupid City council person ask to put trees and make it a park like crap that will ruin all commerce. Yes I'm sick of all the ANTI CAR talk in MV... It was that talk that killed Chick Fillet in MV and gave the Tax revenue to Sunnyvale...

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