A library? A proposal by Group 4 Architecture:

This rendition envisions a new library, buried under a six-story garage that would completely cover what is now "Parking Lot 4", the space between Lincoln and Cathcart Streets where the popular Farmers Market now takes place on Wednesday afternoons. Although this proposal was endorsed by the Downtown Library Advisory Committee in 2017, it is NOT a good idea. Click here for more information about the issues.

Five consultants told the City that building a parking garage
should be a last resort...

...after pricing, commuter benefits, technology and reform of
parking requirements have had a chance to work. Read more...

Is it feasible to rebuild our current library?

YES. Here's a rendition by Jayson Architecture.
Click here for details.

Can we create a Downtown Commons on Lot 4?

Mark Lakeman tells us how. Click here to learn what Mark told us.

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Latest posts

June 17: We have added three recent columns by Stephen Kessler about the proposal to bury a new library in a big GARAGE in Downtown Santa Cruz. You may read them by clicking here.

May 14: Click here for a few photos of new Rail Trail construction.

May 5: Here is a short Tom Foolery video, to be taken with your morning coffee. It's best in the Fullscreen mode.

It's a small enough video file (6.1M) to attach to an email in case you might want to share it. You can grab it by right-clicking on the video while it's playing.

April 19: To enhance our efforts to ensure the creation of a beautiful and effective Downtown Commons in Downtown Santa Cruz, there is a new website, entitled “Alternatives to a Downtown Parking Garage”.

For additional details, click here and here.

February 5: We've added two short videos and a statement to our Bus Rider Testimonials page, so have a look at them.

In addition to this Home page, we have quite a few new or revised pages on our site.

The new Garage/Library tab summarizes a number of issues related to both the proposal for a new Downtown garage and a new Downtown library.

There are eight links under this tab:

  1. Mark Lakeman's presentation to us, on the creation of a Downtown Commons and the key importance of “Gathering Places”.
  2. 10 reasons why a new garage is not needed Downtown, including a video of Patrick Siegman's presentation to our City Council.
  3. An essay by Rick Longinotti that exposes background details about the political situation.
  4. Testimony from Downtown business owners opposed to the new garage.
  5. A link to the Facebook page for “Downtown Commons Advocates”, a new organization.
  6. Jayson Architecture's presentation about how our current Downtown library could be rebuilt and improved.
  7. Four of Stephen Kessler's Columns, published in the Sentinel, that relate to the proposed new garage and the library.
  8. A Guest Editorial, published in the Sentinel, by several Downtown business owners who are opposed to a new garage and in favor of a Downtown Commons.
Alternatives to a Downtown Parking Garage
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Thanks to Rick Longinotti, John Hall and Agora Media Services, a new website has been created. We urge you to check it out. It's here.

This new site has lots of good information, including

  • “Action We Can Take by Email”,
  • “Why Garage Alternatives?”,
  • “Community benefits of not building a garage:”,

along with several other useful links.


There's MORE:
Voices from the Village interviews John Hall, Karen Simmons and Bob Morgan on Youtube—an excellent review of the issues related to the proposed garage on Lot #4, the future of our Downtown Library, and the how to create a beautiful and promising Downtown Commons.

You can watch this good one right here. It's a half-hour video.

New Rail Trail construction on the Westside of Santa Cruz

Here below are some photos of new mini-segments of the Rail Trail, taken on the afternoon of May 11, 2020. These are in the stretch between Bay Street and Dufour Street, although work now is extending west from Dufour almost to Younglove Avenue and the Mission Street Safeway.

The first photo is taken from Bay Street looking west. The second is from Lennox Street east toward Bay Street. The third is from Palm Street east toward Lennox and Bay Streets, and the fourth is from Palm Street west toward Dufour.

The trail is on the ocean side of the tracks in this stretch. Ride your bike down and have a look.

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