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Alamo Downtown Plan: Let's Update our discussions

Original post made by Hal Bailey, another community, on Apr 15, 2008

Dear neighbors,

Please review this 2001 commentary by the AIA: At last year's Town Hall meeting, it was clear there was enthusiastic support to consider other approaches, besides a traffic light, to manage traffic. There was support for developing a downtown that identified Alamo as a unique place where we live, work and shop.

With the support of Supervisor Gerber's office, we have a rare opportunity to retain a planning/imaging consultant who will conduct a limited study with conceptual drawings for downtown Alamo. To facilitate this process, we want to provide Supervisor Gerber's office with thoughts from Alamo businesses and residents. We are interested in anything you have to say! Tell us what you would like to see in Alamo. Please supply your (ideas) questions and answers.

Rather than indicating how to solve some of downtown Alamo's problems, it would be helpful if you described attributes of your ideal town. For example, saying you want slower vehicular traffic so Alamo is a safe place to drive and walk, or people can see my shop, allows consideration of a greater number of solutions than saying you want a traffic light, no turns at a particular intersection, a bench at a particular location, etc.

NOW in 2008 we should revisit this request so we can truly define the ideal shopping, commercial and high-density residential environment. Please post your questions, answers, ideas and concepts on this forum.

Hal Bailey
CDSI Research Fellowship

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Posted by Graham Marsh
a resident of Danville
on Apr 16, 2008 at 7:28 am

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Dear neighbors,

As you focus your Iron Horse corridor discussions on business districts in Saranap, Tice Valley, Alamo and Danville, I would like to hear Danville neighbors discuss Danville Old Town and its needs for rejuvenation. In an earlier e-exchange, Alamo neighbors were surprised to find how many Danville residents shop in Alamo for its convenient one-stop shopping. In further e-exchanges, Danville Old Town was described as needing anchor stores, a hotel, and more diversity in its retail to link the length of the shopping areas together.

Here is an opportunity to update our region's desires for shopping and hospitality experiences in Danville. What are your ideas?

El Pintado neighborhood

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Posted by Karen Sexton
a resident of another community
on Apr 16, 2008 at 7:36 am

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Dear neighbors,

Does anyone have a weblink for the original Alamo Downtown Plan prepared by Donna Gerber in 2000-2002? I recall its very efficient use of the Alamo business district with streetside retail and commercial and luxury residential on the second and third floors. That plan also reduced Danville Blvd to single access lanes and create more lanes within the business district.

We should all consider this very rational plan once again as we update our business districts in Saranap, Tice Valley, Alamo and Danville.

Iron Horse neighbors

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Posted by Kathy Bell
a resident of another community
on Apr 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm

Dear neighbors,

I would like to thank Stan in the Las Trampas neighborhoods for providing a complete file on the Donna Gerber Downtown conceptual plans and the subsequent planning done by neighbors and the business district. It will be featured at our May discussion gathering and available on a limited supply of CD's.

Many thanks, Stan,


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