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Residents elated over plan for new city park in Old Mountain View neighborhood

Original post made on Jul 1, 2022

Old Mountain View residents will get their neighborhood’s first new park in years, thanks to an agreement between the city and the owner of a historic home.

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Posted by MyOpinion
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 1, 2022 at 1:15 pm

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First public park in a decade?! If this was on Sunnyvale/Whisman side of MV the city would convert it to Safe Parking or high density housing. Must pay to have a former council member in your neighborhood


Posted by MV neighbor
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 1, 2022 at 2:24 pm

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With access now restricted to the playing fields at Landels Elementary School, this is really great news. This is a fairly dense old area of the city, with small lots and many, many multi-unit residences so having this new mini park will serve many people.


Posted by Free Speech
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Jul 1, 2022 at 2:58 pm

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To save a historic home AND provide more public open space is wonderful news. Thank you to the previous owner for his grand idea and generosity.


Posted by ivg
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jul 1, 2022 at 3:33 pm

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"Grown tremendously", Mr. Cox?


Posted by Muriel
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 1, 2022 at 4:11 pm

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I remember when the now very popular Mercy-Bush park was an old dilapidated piece of property that my children used to call the Haunted house.” How wonderful that after 40 years I’m going to get to witness another park being built in this neighborhood. Thank you to the owner of that land for stepping forward and suggesting the idea. It wouldn’t have happened without your generosity.


Posted by jonwiley
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 1, 2022 at 4:24 pm

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Old Mountain View, zoned for low density residential and filled with single family homes which have backyards, will finally have access to *seven parks* within easy walking distance instead of the paltry six we have now. And the new park is also within walking distance of frequent public transit to major employment areas. Thanks City Council!


Posted by LongResident
a resident of another community
on Jul 1, 2022 at 4:33 pm

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This park is not far from El Camino Real or Highway 237. It's close to a lot of different apartment buildings (and Jack in the Box). It's definitely an area with few parks aside from Landels school.


Posted by MV neighbor
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 1, 2022 at 4:35 pm

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JonWiley…You must live in a different area..my neighborhood is full of triplexes, duplexes and small apartment buildings. Single family homes have small yards, many built either before WWII or soon after.


Posted by Proud Taxpayer
a resident of Willowgate
on Jul 1, 2022 at 5:04 pm

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This is good news for everyone and should really help improve that area of the city.


Posted by Yonatan
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 1, 2022 at 5:26 pm

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Could have put housing there, but I guess all the retirees need more places to relax and discuss how to ensure that no one else can live in this area.


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 1, 2022 at 6:48 pm

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near Sally Lieber's / "Equalization" :)
Having 'neighborhood parks' is somewhat like having 'neighborhood schools'. With intense 'redlining' legacies - the R1 residential zones are often hotbeds of economic segregation (and segregationists of 'our kind').
- I think this is a good use of the property, and appropriate for the place.-
(MV Voice - why don't we get those Park Density maps / underserved areas maps ?????)


Posted by Leslie Bain
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 1, 2022 at 8:46 pm

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"Could have put housing there, but I guess all the retirees need more places to relax and discuss how to ensure that no one else can live in this area."

What a hateful statement. Where is the evidence of retirees actually meeting in this way, and discussing such things? If you don't have any, these words are nothing but vile hatemongering. People who say such things are like the guy who has a lousy day at the office and goes home to kick the family dog. The dog does not deserve it. STOP IT!

Housing is outrageously expensive here, yes, but blaming existing, older MV residents is ridiculous, hateful, and perverse. MV has ZONING, we don't have exclusionary zoning, we have had much multi-family zoning for decades. I know, I lived in such for over a decade.

Housing will be expensive around these parts as long as there are plentiful jobs that pay a ton of money to their employees. The problem is called "capitalism".

Stop kicking the dog. If you can't afford to live here, work to get Prop 15 passed so that companies that are richer than Midas pay property taxes at market rates, so they have more skin in the game among many other reasons. Put pressure on your employer to do what is right for their employees and grow jobs in areas where housing is more affordable for their people. Hewlett-Packard did it, Google and Facebook could do it too. MV now suffers from Affluenza. People who gripe about public parks? Seriously? Such people must not have children or dogs.


Posted by James
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 2, 2022 at 9:25 am

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In response to the new park plans at Church St and Calderon. I grew up in that wonderful neighborhood...beginning in 1961. My family lived directly across the street from the location and were good friends with the original owner, of the home, Genevieve. We were also friends with the owner of the property where the last park in the neighborhood was built at Bush and Mercy. It's awesome to have places for families to play and relax and for memories of our old family friends stay alive by having these parks. I so miss the Old Mountain View


Posted by Bernie Brightman
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jul 2, 2022 at 10:20 am

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It really doesn't matter who gets the credit, but it's worth mentioning that residents in the area have been agitating for this for months. It's not a sudden, brilliant idea that the city just had. It's also not a new story, though this newspaper, which isn't even located in Mountain View, never even figured out what was going on.


Posted by ivg
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2022 at 6:56 am

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Yes, people in Mountain View get together and scheme how to prevent new people from moving here. You can hear them at City Council meetings.


Posted by Leslie Bain
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 3, 2022 at 3:28 pm

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"Yes, people in Mountain View get together and scheme how to prevent new people from moving here. You can hear them at City Council meetings."

That is quite the allegation. Do you have any particular quotes to share? Vague allegations are not the same as evidence.

And the comment I was responding to was this: ""Could have put housing there, but I guess all the retirees need more places to relax and discuss how to ensure that no one else can live in this area.""

The person who made that comment appears to be callous to the needs of children and dogs.


Posted by LongResident
a resident of another community
on Jul 3, 2022 at 4:53 pm

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The assessor's annual report shows that our neighbor Sunnyvale built over $1 Billion worth of new office space but only built $87 MIllion worth of new apartments. Those workers need a place to live. Meanwhile Mountain View built its own $145 Million worth of new office space so it invited more people in too. Mountain View then did build in new construction $385 Million worth of new apartments. Now riddle me this: What is building $385 Million worth of new added homes doing if it is NOT inviting in new residents? What is building 4 times as much new housing as did Sunnyvale (a city twice the size of Mountain View) if it is not seeking to draw people in and grow in population?

These extreme statements by ivg above are misleading. She's trying to say NOTHING is happening when in reality it's quite a lot being done int he way of adding housing. Besides the apartments, another $96 Million in new construction was created in the form of condo's and houses. This is way more than NOTHING. The total valuation of all the apartments in the city is just over $5 Billion. Adding so much in one year represents an 8% growth in investment in apartments. That's an awful lot to expect private investors to gamble on continued demand for apartments. It's way more than nothing. There is a limit to how much capital the REIT's will slap down in one particular city, from an investment diversity concern.

8% per year would compound to doubling in 9 years. That's an astronomic amount of growth which is unlikely to happen, but the CURRENT rate equates to that. YIMBY's have no cause at all to complain.


Posted by People Need Water
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 6, 2022 at 8:27 am

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Complaining about adding a park- as if breathing fresh air is greedy!!