University Avenue Traffic Around Town, posted by Bill Mainzer, a resident of Menlo Park, on Aug 27, 2006 at 5:42 pm
Here's a novel but probably not new idea:
Close traffic on Universtiy Avenue between Emerson and Middlefield (could be a little higher) to all traffic after 10.00 or 10.30 am each morning. Convert Lytton and Hamilton to one way streets going in opposite directions to encourage faster traffic flow (not speed) and allow restaurants to set up on the sidewalk and in the street like a European downtown (walking only)
Of course, the cross streets would be open for crosing from one side of town to the other. Make them one way going in opposite directions too.
We would have the best downtown in California with even more going on than now!
Posted by J.L., a resident of the Ventura neighborhood, on Aug 27, 2006 at 9:38 pm
Great idea! BUT, yuo'd get pushback from some business owners, and those residents who hate change.
Now that University Ave. has been built out to a commercial success, and there is good feeder parking to University Ave. shops and restaurants, your idea would eventually open up Lytton and Hamilton to more commercial development, and voila!, more sales taxes for the city.
We should also consider doing something like this on California Avenue.