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Should the Alamo Business District be its own special district?

Original post made by Hal Bailey, CDSI Research on Jun 22, 2009

Dear Dolores,

I would hope your readers would consider Alamo's business district as a regional destination for retail, commercial, and hospitality. At present, with vacant stores, Alamo should expect plans to re-align and rejuvenate the district for more anchor stores.

So to spark such discussion, let's list the consideration:

#1 - Re-align the major malls in Alamo to allow new, larger anchor store locations.

#2 - Reconfigure access and access lanes for better destination traffic flow.

#3 - Create additional street-side retail and hospitality with parking structures.

#4 - Rejuvenate, replace and add high density residential including residential-over-retail.

#5 - Form a special district for an expanded Alamo business district, via LAFCO, to be inclusive of Ridgewood to Lewis Lane, including the SRV YMCA.

Since we can conclude that rejuvenation will be done is some manner in the Alamo business district to reverse the declining occupancy, I would suggest your readers consider what would they want in the Alamo Business District as a shopping, services, hospitality and high density residential destination?

Hal Bailey
Member, CDSI Research Fellowship

Comments (9)

Posted by Infromed Resident, a resident of another community
on Jun 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Hal,

It appears you may not know what a special district is. Your idea has merit but would not fall under LAFCO's jurisdiction or qualify as a special district. Business districts are simply a name given to themselves. They are not an independant government agency such as a water district, park district, school district, fire district, etc.

I hope that helps.


Posted by Halamo, a resident of another community
on Jun 23, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Dear Dolores, more for your laughing and dancing pleasure,

REF: Web Link

When in, of course, human events become irrelevant, the people shall gather to form a more perfect union of residents, companies, investors, and governments. Since Alamo is a segment of a region considering some form of voice to government, one might review the calafco document to understand any area of residents and property holders that have a common purpose can form a special district under the reference information above.

This is of course not dependent on their ownership of a piano or a gondola.

Blissful and wise,

Hal, as Halamo
The Alamo Towne Fool
@ODDs, a Saloon for Fools
The Hotel Snaysmuth
2625 Crescent Moon Lane
Alamorata, "living with our mistakes" CA 94507-1078


Posted by Informed Resident, a resident of another community
on Jun 23, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Sorry Hal but you can not simply "invent" a special district. It needs to have a purpose that meets criteria.

You might try calling your local lafco office to confirm this. You read way to much into the calafco link you posted. Here is a link to your local lafco, Web Link contact the executive officer Lou Ann Texeira and inquire if you can form a business district. When she picks the phone back up off of the floor, you will get your answer.


Posted by Hal, Swift Boat Captain, a resident of another community
on Jun 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Dear Dolores,

I copied you and neighborhoods' e-exchanges on letters to Ms. Lou Ann Texeira and Senator John Kerry. I will assume Lou Ann will explain the special district opportunities for the "downtown" neighborhoods in the Alamo Business District and why residents, companies, investors and management have come together in a single purpose to be good neighbors in economic development for our region.

Here's another clarification:

Mr. Chris Wyman
Senior Issues Manager
Veterans, Military and Foreign Affairs

The Office of Senator John Kerry

218 Russell Bldg.
Second Floor
Washington D.C. 20510
(202) 224-2742

One Bowdoin Square
Tenth Floor
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 565-8519

Dear Mr. Wyman,

Our neighbors, among the majority in Alamo CA, are searching for an answer to a question that has significance to local politics. The question: Does Senator Kerry remember any swift boat that had a piano on-board and used a gondola as a life boat?"

Now that might sound silly, but the question has real sobering purpose. Contra Costa County in California has a brand of politics that is based on "swift boating" anyone that does not sit silently in apathy as the county provides its disservice. I am currently the focus of such "swift boating" and, in humor, my response has been to bring a piano and gondola on-board.

For better understanding: www.danvilleweekly.com, click on Town Square Forum.

Please advise,

Harald A. Bailey
US Army, Viet Nam, 1967
1700 Cervato Circle
Alamo CA 94507-1075


Posted by Informed Resident, a resident of another community
on Jun 23, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Hal, finally we agree. You do sound silly!

But seriously, please let us know when you get an answer back from Lou Ann/lafco on the formation of a "business district".

p.s. why not post your letter to Lou Ann/lafco here?


Posted by Alamo Ron, a resident of Alamo
on Jun 23, 2009 at 6:33 pm

How to engage the public:

1. Post an outrageous proposal.

2. Wait for a reasoned response.

3. Answer with a plethora of cosmic consciousness platitudes, i.e., off-planet buncombe.

4. Wait a week or so and go to step 1.

How engaging...


Posted by Community courtesy, a resident of Alamo
on Jun 24, 2009 at 6:31 am

Dear Dolores,

Our regional neighbors who are the customers of the Alamo business district have provided their listing of desired stores, shops and services to be added to the re-aligned and expanded business district via neighborhoods' representatives:

Clothing outlet such as Nordstrom Rack

Pool supply and Patio store

Kitchen wares and gourmet shop

Automotive service/tire store

Office and home supplies

Boutique hotel

More dedicated outside (covered) dining and hospitality

More high-density luxury residential

Once again, let's invite answers to the question of this forum: "Since we can conclude that rejuvenation will be done is some manner in the Alamo business district to reverse the declining occupancy, I would suggest your readers consider what would they want in the Alamo Business District as a shopping, services, hospitality and high density residential destination?"

Hal, as a community courtesy


Posted by Informed Resident, a resident of another community
on Jun 25, 2009 at 1:35 am

Now that is reasonable.

(as long as you realize a business district is not a special district).


Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Jun 30, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Dear Dolores,

I object to all the laughter about this forum!! Smile as we might, our business district is shrinking and becoming more locally funded. That is a risk for real commercial growth and staying power.

We might as an emerging community recognize the business district residents, owners, corporations, investors and shop proprietors want rational support of their self-direction of their district. After all, the business district is all the identity that exists for an Alamo community.

But as I said, I object to this commentary,

Hal


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