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In January our city council agreed to move forward with its experiment of adding temporary outdoor street dining in downtown, an idea I hope most Menlo Park residents wholeheartedly support, as I do. This could be the first of many significant steps that enhance the economic and social vitality of our city, and I encourage our city council to take more of them.
Menlo Park has the opportunity to enliven its downtown in ways more difficult for neighboring cities. Rooftop dining like what is being proposed by the new owners of the former British Bankers Club and attractive and comfortable permanent sidewalk dining are just two examples. The creation of a pedestrian-friendly street is another.
I applaud the city council actions and look forward to many more bold ones.