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San Carlos Development, Home Remodeling, and a New Poll….

January 13, 2009 Polls 5 Comments

 

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The topic of choice lately on this site has been about the development of Downtown San Carlos.    With projects like 1001 Laurel nearing completion and Wheeler Plaza on the drawing board, the downtown area of San Carlos is in for some significant change.     At the suggestion of one of the blog readers, the last poll was created to get a feel for how you felt about these development plans.    Since many of the comments on the blog have been “anti-development,”  I expected the poll voting reflect this opinion as well.   But the opposite happened — here are the results:

Do you approve of the new developments (Wheeler Plaza and/or Transit Village) that are planned for downtown San Carlos?

  • Yes, I think it’s great for San Carlos (58%, 35 Votes)
  • No, I’m opposed to the plan. (38%, 23 Votes)
  • I don’t care….it’s the City’s property. (3%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 60

 

 More San Carlos residents appear to be pro-development than I thought.   I guess that’s why polls are useful!  It will be interesting to see where things go with the Wheeler Plaza Development (stay tuned for a blog update later this week) and other development plans that are in the works for downtown.  In the meantime, let’s do another poll….

A New Poll:  Remodeling Your Home

I had some fun with this one on my Emerald Hills Blog site.    Let’s say you just won $100,000 in a contest, and the only stipulation is that you must spend the money on home improvement.  Which projects would you do?   Check out the poll in the left side-bar and vote on up to TWO projects where you would spend that money.   Dream big, and have fun!
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Hops, Shops, and a new Blog Poll.

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The results from the latest White Oaks Blog poll are in, and suffice it say that San Carlans like dining out and being entertained.   The most popular answer to the poll question “What should go into the old Foodville location?”  was a brew-pub with live music.   This would certainly fit in well with the lively north-section of Laurel Street, and the that style of eating establishment would likely complement the other restaurants already running on north Laurel.

Second place was an excellent suggestion for an inexpensive family restaurant — Pluto’s was the example that was suggested, and this is a cool restaurant.  We’ve eaten at the one in Davis quite often, and it would be a good fit for San Carlos.  Regardless of the selection, the whole Foodville replacement discussion will likely be altered once the plans for the Wheeler Plaza Development become more clear.   If this development becomes a reality, the whole block around San Carlos Avenue and Laurel Street will look vastly different.

Here are the final results from the latest poll:

What should go into the “old” Foodville location?

  • Brew Pub/Microbrewery with live music. (37%, 26 Votes)
  • Inexpensive family restaurant (i.e. Pluto’s) (25%, 18 Votes)
  • Specialty grocery store (i.e. Fresh and Easy) (15%, 11 Votes)
  • Bicycle Shop. (8%, 6 Votes)
  • Vietnamese Restaurant. (7%, 5 Votes)
  • None of the above.  (6%, 4 Votes)
  • Bookstore. (1%, 1 Vote)

The New Poll

Since Wheeler Plaza and the development of downtown San Carlos has been a common theme this week on the site, that will be the topic for the next poll.  So here’s the big question:

“Do you approve of the development that is being planned (Wheeler Plaza, Transit Village) for downtown San Carlos?”

Be sure to make your opinion known and vote on the poll!
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Pools, Schools, and a new Poll…

 

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Thanks for those of you who voted on the most recent White Oaks Blog poll, where I posed the question, “If you could add one thing to San Carlos, what would it be?”  Here are the final results of the poll, ranked in order of popularity:

  1. High School:  31 votes, or 44% of the total.
  2. Community Pool: 18 votes, or 26%.
  3. Bowling Alley:  6 votes, or 9%.
  4. Bring back S.C.O.O.T. :  6 votes, or 9%.
  5. None of the above:  4 votes, or 6%.
  6. Athletic Field Complex:  3 votes, or 4%.
  7. Ice Rink:  2 votes, or 3%

Clearly, there’s still a strong opinion that San Carlos needs its own high school again, even with the options available at Carlmont and Sequoia.   Also, many of you believe we should have a community pool.   Do you want to know of a town that has the best community pool network?  Davis, California…

Davis has four community pools that all differ in features (lap pool, water slide, high dive, toddler areas,) but all are alike in that they are absolutely first-class facilities.   Obviously, Davis gets much hotter than San Carlos so they have a greater need for a pool.  But if San Carlos ever decides to go that route, they would be well served to see what Davis has done.   Their pools are open to the public for a VERY affordable fee (we have been to all four.)  If you’re traveling back from Tahoe next summer, this is a perfect way to break up the drive:

Davis Community Pools

Your kids will love you for it!

The Next Blog Poll…

Time to launch the next poll — As I discussed in the blog last week, Foodville’s upcoming move (and name-change) to the old Bell Market building leaves a prime vacancy on the north section of Laurel Street.    So, the next blog poll question is…

“What should become of the old Foodville location?”

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I got quite a few suggestions from that post, so I’ll use those as the possible answers to the poll question.   So, be sure to vote and make your voice heard!
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What will become of the “old” Foodville location?

OK, San Carlos neighbors…I need your input on this!     Now that we know the new Foodville/Bianchini’s will be located here…

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…what do you think should happen with the old Foodville location?

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When Bianchini’s moves to the old Bell Market building, it will be leaving behind a prime spot on the red-hot north end of Laurel –>.  What do you think will take it’s place?   Retail?  Grocery?  Another restaurant?  How about (another) organic yogurt store?  Yikes…

Let me know your suggestions by leaving a comment below….if we get enough, we’ll put it up for vote on the next blog poll.
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