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Ultimately, the issue comes down to traffic. Do you want traffic with the benefits of more vibrant main street or do you prevent traffic and can you then accept a non-vibrant main street? You can't have both a vibrant main street and no traffic. You'll could choose to become a 'Sausalito' of the peninsula with major weekend traffic with parking issues or remain Brisbane as it is. You need infrastructure. If you brought in that many people, we'd be forced to start using our garages and our driveways to park in versus the street. There wouldn't be room.
In order to have a vibrant main street, there has to be enough people and 'traffic' through the area to spend enough money to make it profitable. I do not believe in government/city incentives as the only support of this. It can be part of it, but it won't solve the issue. City sponsored advertising? In support of what though? If people aren't using main street and don't spend money, businesses will continue to struggle and diminish. If businesses can't attract people, then why would they come to visit. Is there a Park nearby which we could provide access too via of greater community access?
There needs to be action to correct this downward trend or it stays the same. A sleepy and low-traffic 'bedroom community' isn't so bad for some. Others want more vibrant and accessible living options within walking distance than having to drive so much.
Only very few stores can have a 'transforming' impact themselves. You have to be careful what you wish for. If you bring Trader Joe's in on the main street, you will get a lot of traffic over the ridge and by the school on San Bruno and through the Old Country Road access. If you bring them in in the 'mall' then access will be essentially only be from Old Country Road and those people will have no reason to venture further onto Main Street. However, the fact that so many people are coming to Trader Joe's would mean overflow and exploration into main street that would foster a financially supportive environment for new business to thrive within. One store would feed off the other and so on. You have to have a reason to attract people to come here to support those businesses. Right now, there really isn't anything on Main Street worth hooting about and just cleaning the facades won't change that. It'll look good, but won't change the status quo. The city could make it attractive (from a tax basis) to have them come in, but I get the feeling that fears of traffic prevent the 'guardians' from encouraging that possibility. We need a corner-stone business to come in. City government can have a strong lead role in this, they can prevent it or they can do nothing. What do Brisbane residents want? We should provide the vision for what city government aspires.
The former 5 Star Cafe site, directly across the street from the current library, has been identified as the location for the new Brisbane Library. The City recently received $300,000 from the County’s Measure A funds to help cover building and design fees. This Thursday, 4/7, the City Council will be considering an Agreement for Professional Services for Design of the new Library. Link to the agenda can be found here: http://brisbaneca.org/city-council-meeting-9 (New Business item B.
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