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Mountain View will extend its downtown street closure to 2023, with future plans to make it permanent

Original post made on Oct 13, 2021

Encouraged by strong public support for a lively and pedestrian-friendly downtown, the Mountain View City Council agreed Tuesday to keep Castro Street closed to vehicle traffic through January 2023.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 1:43 PM

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Posted by MVFlyer
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Oct 13, 2021 at 2:57 pm

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Hooray! Gotta admit I really like Castro without traffic. The parking lost is minimal compared to the perceived benefit. It has become a real positive for downtown.

Posted by ET
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 13, 2021 at 3:35 pm

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are we talking Friday Saturday Sunday or everyday?

Posted by Eric Armstrong
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Oct 13, 2021 at 6:11 pm

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I LOVE the idea of KEEPING the street blocked off. When I'm driving, it's easy to go around. And if you're watching trends in urban planning--especially in the Netherlands, you know that making walking and cycling easier is THE way to build friendly, safe communities, with less motor traffic, less noise, and less pollution. So it's an antidote for global warming, as well.

But on the subject of cycling, I'm forced to note that while there is a good bicycle path from Evelyn to Central Expressway, there is NO good way for a bicycle to go in the other direction--which forces said bicycle (mine!) to move through the railway station!

Posted by Greg David
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 13, 2021 at 9:10 pm

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"The preferred concept is clearly concept C," she said. "It's more expensive, it's more complicated and it will take longer to implement, but it represents what the community wants."

OK, Ms. Bryant, I’m pretty well in tune with what’s going on around MV and this is my first exposure to “concept C”. How is it exactly that you determined what the 75K+ residents of Mountain View want to see done with Castro St??? Did you commission a poll? How much did that cost you? Did you put it to a vote? Don’t think so. You’re basing your “public opinion” on your little group that has the time to show up at council meetings every couple weeks.

“Concept c” involves ripping out a multi million dollar replica of Mountain View’s turn of the century historic train depot. It also routes a street through the middle of millennium plaza which is lined with engraved bricks paid for by sponsorships from multi-generational families of Mountain View, of which she is not one of. It will cost tens of millions of dollars and potentially take a decade to complete when the logical solution is to simply connect the disjointed sections of Evelyn Avenue by utilizing the short existing section of Castro St.

But what do you expect from the former councilwoman that was upset about a public bench being displaced to allow for the display of “two ugly pieces of concrete” in front of the public library.

I wish I knew what Ronit’s end game is, but it’s got to be something.

And don’t get me started on on the money MV has recently spent to add a left turn lane for bicyclists on Castro to Evelyn that will NEVER BE USED. Who’s cousin owns the construction company that got that contract!?!

Seriously people. Wake up!

Oh, and don’t forget the $5500 city worker bonus for doing nothing more than staying home and doing their jobs remotely. What exactly did they do to earn this bonus? Another $3M of our taxpayer dollars squandered……

Posted by DoctorData
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 14, 2021 at 12:17 am

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“Area man ignores poll card in mail, complains that his opinion was ignored.”

Posted by Mike
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 14, 2021 at 1:15 am

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This is an outstanding result for our city. Castro Street without cars has been a huge success. Congratulations to all of those responsible for daring to think outside the car-centered box.

Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Cuesta Park

on Oct 14, 2021 at 8:24 am

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Posted by Kjell Stenberg
a resident of Castro City
on Oct 14, 2021 at 12:51 pm

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Simply outstanding! I love going downtown and being able to walk around, eat out, shop a little, and such. Glad to see this direction.

Posted by gretchen
a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 14, 2021 at 4:28 pm

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I too love the idea of a walking downtown but as an older long time Mountain View Resident this means that the downtown of my city is not longer accessible to me and many other elders with very limited walking ability. This is another example of the the young and the able winning and the rest of us loosing. I am so very sad that I will never again be able to visit the establishments I helped to establish. This is far from an age friendly city.

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