Council trio pushes for more ground-floor retail downtown
Original post made on Nov 2, 2012
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on Nov 2, 2012 at 11:56 am
While they are at it, they should revise the restrictions on store size so that we can get some useful retail and supermarkets in Palo Alto. The area between Charleston and San Antonio (where Western Marine used to be) would be a great area to have some sizeable stores to complement the nearby Mountain View retail.
We need to have a decent grocery store that will provide a full service selection and also somewhere to buy household and family needs at affordable prices.
Most of my tax dollars go to Mountain View or elsewhere. It is time that Palo Alto realised this.
on Nov 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm
Most shoppers don't spend the whole day shopping. Office space makes the parking problems worse.
Downtown would not be very appealing if it were dominated by "high-tech" companies, attornies, and banks. I hope we don't cross over a tipping point where no one shops downtown causing the remaining retail to leave.
on Nov 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm
Ducatigirl is a registered user.
When we first moved here, the neighbors told us the secret to living in PA affordably was not to shop here...for anything.
They were right, but I caved and started buying groceries here, though absolutely nothing else.
The people who shop downtown are not Palo Altans. They come from other places to shop or window shop here. Many are tourists.
The point is, you can live here, or shop here, but one must have serious wealth to do both. That leaves out most Palo Altans, and it is a shame that most of us drop our sales tax dollars elsewhere.
However, it seems there are plenty of out-of-towners willing to drop their dollars downtown.