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Heavyweights discuss Bayshore's future

Original post made on Jun 5, 2009

A city-run General Plan meeting Tuesday drew some high-profile participants -- including Google, Microsoft and NASA Ames -- with the goal of bringing Silicon Valley ingenuity to the problems facing development of the North Bayshore area over the next 20 years.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 4, 2009, 3:00 PM


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Posted by Don t. Doit
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 5, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Do these people even live here? More density? I wish Mt.View was the way it use to be 30 years ago. Life was simple and we had room to breath. If it gets more populated, I'm going to sell my property and get the heck away from here. What do they want? Another L.A.?

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Posted by MV-my-home
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 5, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Why the heck do they want 'density'? What happened to the idea of open spaces? Don't they have the slightest concern for the quality of life and aesthetics?

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Posted by eric
a resident of another community
on Jun 5, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Does this poor planning have to do with the special tax district? So the city can continue to "borrow" from it and not give the schools their fair share?

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Posted by Josephine Morrissey
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 9, 2009 at 2:28 pm

I was unable to attend the General Plan meeting so this letter is based on the information in the Voice article.

Before deciding we need high density development in Bayshore, I suggest we look at how and where future "employees" are likely to locate as they interact with their "businesses." I was a tad surprised that Google and Microsoft didn't jump on this, since Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a highly likely future of enterprise technology. IaaS means that employees can fully collaborate securely, completely and in real-time with their organizations from any location. Employees have all the capabilities they need to work from home or a nearby favorite location as effectively as they work in their current office or cubicle.

So business organizations really do not need the high density layered offices and cubicles that seem exciting at first, but often quickly frame a stressful and confining corporate experience. The future of basic corporate value streams is also indicating shifts away from layered offices and cubicles.

In terms of Bayshore, this opens the door to architecting business buildings as lower square footage areas that (1) support workgroup needs such as weekly face-to-face meetings (2) serve as satellite offices for employees who prefer working outside their homes (3) offer streamlined "headquarters" for the few services that cannot be handled virtually (4) reduce exposure to the cost of vacancy during slower business cycles and, ideally, (5) incorporate outdoor space, entertainment, and other services for employees and the surrounding community.

This argues a decreasing need for high density development and an increasing need for high quality development.

To me, Mountain View is wonderful because of its balance of old and new. The old is a beautiful place to live. The new is leading edge business. Lets preserve these core qualities in the future of Bayshore.