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Palo Alto to revamp parklet program

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Posted by Evergreen Park Observer
a resident of Evergreen Park
on May 4, 2022 at 12:11 pm

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I see the standards being proposed for 'parklets', but what about the 'temporary' dining structures that are constructed across the entire street along California Ave? There is very little space now for pedestrians to actually walk there. You certainly cannot walk on the sidewalk -- too many waiters darting back and forth to service the outdoor dining areas for safety. Going to the Cal Ave farmers' market on Sunday is now an exercise in dodge ball. For those who want Palo Alto to look like European outside mall in their memories (and remember, they were traveling there -- like many who send in emails to the City Council -- and didn't actually live there), surely they would like to be able to stroll down the street, actually see what other stores are along the street, etc. Pedestrians cannot now walk on the sidewalk -- extreme dodge ball with pedestrians on one side and harried waiters darting back and forth trying to service the outdoor areas. California Ave is a mess, especially compared to downtown Los Altos, Menlo Park, and even downtown Palo Alto. Some kind of clean there cannot happen too soon.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 4, 2022 at 12:42 pm

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Shocked by the proposed charges. The difference between Mountain View and other neighboring cities compared to proposed Palo Alto charge is huge!

Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Downtown North
on May 4, 2022 at 1:31 pm

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The new proposal is horrible. They are going to make people take down the existing after spending several thousand of dollars only to spend more thousands. Now to charge them for their space. They didn't make any money for their spaces. Give restaurants a break!!!!! So unfriendly

Posted by Carla
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 5, 2022 at 12:11 am

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Let's seize this opportunity to make all parklets uniform and attractive. They should be OUTDOOR seating spaces, not INDOOR spaces outdoors. Our downtowns currently resemble shantytowns, with the huts and plastic used by some.

And getting rid of polluting gas heaters is a breath of fresh air.

Posted by Keri
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 5, 2022 at 4:46 am

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The Ramona Street outdoor dining looks great! Cal Ave is a bit of a mishmash now, but that can be easily fixed to become more attractive. Let's help out these retailers and restaurants, maybe a zero interest loan from the city to help them create outdoor dining/retail spaces with less-polluting heating. Let's increase the retailer visibility. Let's get pedestrians back on the sidewalks and put diners in comfortable spaces on the street, and let's put a bike lane/emergency lane in the middle.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 5, 2022 at 10:36 am

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Restaurants that have struggled to do business with all the regulations over the past 2 years are now hit again by requiring expensive refurbishments to what they have already invested in to carry on their businesses. What with these regulations and fees, I can't see many restaurants surviving this.

Posted by Palo Alto Res
a resident of Downtown North
on May 8, 2022 at 1:22 pm

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It's time to get rid of the parklets. There is not enough parking and not enough space on the sidewalks. Get rid of the parklets. If we can afford to not wear masks on planes, it's time to close down parklets and dine indoors. Let California Ave be drivable for cars. For people who can not walk long distances and need car access, this is just simply not convenient for handicapped people. Open up California ave. It's time!

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