The vision that I like for this goes by
the name "smart growth", and you can find out much more about it by
visiting the SmartGrowthNetwork,
a site that explains it better than I can. I got a second opinion on
the subject from Wikipedia,
says about the same thing.
Last time I saw the statistics, many
more people worked in Mountain View than lived here. I would like to
see that changed by getting more people to live here instead of the
opposite. Since most of the land the city covers already has something
on it, that means we have to work with the glacial pace of change that
happens at the grass roots level. I believe the city should encourage
change in this but not force it.
I live a ten minute walk from the
Downtown Mountain View train station, and I am always happy to go
somewhere by train. For many destinations it is a convienient way to
get there. If you are willing to use the time riding to read or do
paperwork, the extra time spent in transit is no burden. I'm greatful I
have enough neighbors that having that train station there makes sense.
I wish more people wanted the same thing.
We need more housing near transit, so
more of us can live without cars.
The lot between Evelyn and the Tied House is in the perfect location
for affordable housing. It is near the train station, so people who
can't afford housing and a car can live there.