why Palo Alto businesses keep failing
Original post made by consumer on Apr 17, 2013
on Apr 17, 2013 at 10:49 am
I like Midtown and agree that it is a strange mix, but it does have charm and I would rather have it look the way it does than the mess that was Mikis.
It nearly died a death a decade ago, but it revitalised. At times it is hard to find parking! I miss Butterfly Life which was unique, but now we have several exercise places and also a yoga studio has just opened down the road.
An outside seating area near Safeway would be nice so that we could eat lunch from Safeway with our coffee from Starbucks.
Yes, please let us have a nice mix of retail, less office storefronts, but the buildings have a charm which is being lost. When Palo Alto tries to change something we end up with Mikis, which we don't want to see repeated. (Not the store, but the architecture).
on Apr 17, 2013 at 5:26 pm
You are right Greg Scharff our Mayor is "unaware there is a problem." Why, because like most members of the City Council he concentrates entirely on North Palo Alto's problems.
"The city has to control the type of stores going in, and insist on retail." said Annette Glanckopf, a leader of the Midtown Residents Association. Unfortunately, this is the problem. The Midtown Association got Council to pass an ordinance that severely limits the property owners who must rent only for retail.
Retail is on the way out, and no service companies are permitted to rent ground-floor space, so the owners of the properties are very limited in what they can do. This leads to owners being thoroughly disinterested in their property, letting it decay, and just making as much money out of it as they can.
The Midtown Association should back-off, and give the property owners the freedom to rent to whomever they want. You can't legislate property owners to set up shops, when there are fewer and fewer customers.
on Apr 17, 2013 at 5:44 pm
Annette needs to step back. What ever happened to free market nd property rights. Should the city tell owners what kind of stores they will allow to open on their property. I think sthat is heading down a slippery slope..
Why bother with small shops that carry limited product, whe you cn travel a few miles nd have descent shopping in mountain view. The Safeway in midtown is a perfect example of a typica undersized palo alto store.