Other Voices: Retail is far from 'dead'

 

The Aug. 30 Town Crier article on the Downtown Vision project, “Downtown visioning scenarios lack vision, critics say,” included a comment from the previous week’s Los Altos City Council meeting: “Because we all know retail is dead. … Let’s stop that fantasy.”


Other Voices: Reframing the vision of downtown Los Altos

 

How do you measure vibrancy for a downtown area? And what does “vibrancy” mean, anyhow?

Other Voices: Bike garb

More pedal power to anyone who hops on their favorite two-wheeler and takes off down the highways and byways of Northern California or the mean streets of Los Altos. I have no idea how anyone actually completes the Tour de France, let alone the Tour de Grocery Store.

It seems to me that recreational cycling is a much better way to get around the Bay Area while doing your part to squelch the petro-burning damage done every time the key turns in your gas-guzzler. Cardiovascular conditioning is one positive that comes from those uphill climbs. Putting more muscle on the legs makes for quicker breakaways from your local Peloton and elicits the occasional wolf whistle.

Life in the Hills: My summer of Russia

I didn’t plan it this way. First, back in January, began some rumbling about Russia tampering with the U.S. election. In the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive orders dismantling all traces of former President Barack Obama’s legislation and impulsive, inflammatory tweets, we were all temporarily distracted. Then came the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to further investigate Trump’s ties to Russia.

Amid all of this, my book group read the novel “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. Years ago, I had read “Rules of Civility” by the same author and enjoyed it immensely. I was not, however, prepared for how much I would thoroughly appreciate his next beautifully written, well-researched book. Dense and lyrical, it reminded me of a classic Russian novel written by Dostoevsky or Tolstoy.

Other Voices: Building a bridge from Hillview to downtown

 

Having been a resident of Los Altos for 34 years and a former partner in a thriving bar and grill in the late 1980s, I believe that I have a good feel for living near the epicenter of downtown and Hillview Community Center. Over the years, I have given a tremendous amount of thought to a number of solutions to make Los Altos an outstanding place to live and visit.

Other Voices: A lifetime of advocacy for cycling safety

 

The Town Crier’s amusing “Other Voices” column on cyclists’ clothing (“Bike garb,” Aug. 16) is off-target. Dressing somewhat spectacularly while riding is generally a good idea, as I learned during my 83 years of cycling, riding more than 137,000 miles so far. That includes my rides from Seattle to Boston, and down the West Coast from Canada to Mexico. I also have enjoyed rides in various parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. Through all that, I have never been touched by a motor vehicle.

Life in the Hills: The great escape

 

“Wild Kingdom” is where our friends from Palo Alto think we live.


Submit a Letter to the Editor

The Town Crier welcomes letters to the editor on current events pertinent to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Write to us at 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, Attn: Editor, or email editor Bruce Barton at bruceb@latc.com. Because editorial space is limited, please confine letters to no more than 200 words. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

You can also have your say right here at losaltosonline.com – scroll to the bottom of any story to add a comment. 

Schools »

Schools
Read More

Sports »

sports
Read More

People »

people
Read More

Special Sections »

Special Sections
Read More

Photos of Los Altos

photoshelter
Browse and buy photos