San Mateo Avenue ... The Saga

Meeting The Mayor soon to talk about what seems to be, the decline of San Mateo Ave. Would love to hear from you!

Tell me what you'd like me to tell the Mayor concerning what seems to be the decline of San Mateo Ave.

I will be meeting him soon, and I'd like to hear again your thoughts.

I will be representing your thoughts and concerns to the Mayor.

I dont know what will become of this meeting. I do know most people believe NOTHING will become from this meeting. BUT as long as I work and conduct my business in San Bruno. I will definitely try to make our community a welcoming, flourishing, safe as can be, striving city.

Carma Hair Company has been in business in San Bruno for 18 Years in March. That's a wonderful accomplishment (these days). We are trying to help The Ave. stay alive.

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Mark Taylor January 30, 2013 at 10:30 PM
When I was a kid, I would spend my summers in a small Washington town at the eastern end of the Cascade mountains. It is at the western end of the Wenatchee Valley where a lot of apples come from. The town though was dying. Sure the scenery of the mountains, the nearby river and a nearby national park brought people through but they did not stop. So they came up with the idea of a Bavarian theme. It worked and now is a major tourist destination: Leavenworth, Washington-The Bavarian Village. Look it up! Now I am not suggesting anything so grand but developing a theme that would bring people into downtown San Bruno would be a good start. There are many possibilities to consider from a small town theme to something more spectacular. The goal is to make it a place that is unique and attracts people. Otherwise people just go by. I see San Mateo Ave most days when I catch the 141 (by the way that stops running through there in August except for school trips) at Sylvan. The place is in terrible need of a facelift and a theme. If things are left unchanged, it likely will simply decay away as most stores close and move elsewhere.
Heidi Beck February 01, 2013 at 03:38 AM
With the multicultural variety in eateries and markets downtown, I'm surprised there aren't any "foodie tours" of San Bruno. I've been on such tours elsewhere, and it's a fun thing for tourists as well as residents who want an introduction to local shops and restaurants. For a fee, a tour leader leads a walk around a neighborhood and gives an overview of the history and any interesting buildings or artwork, and the group stops in various restaurants and shops where the owners have prepared some samples for the group (some restaurants offer only a taste, but others are quite generous with a small multi-course meal served family style). Or they may offer tastings (say, varieties of olive oil, or tea). Spice or candy shops might offer a small sample to take home and a discount coupon for the next visit. It's a lot of fun.
Mary an Stanley February 02, 2013 at 05:41 AM
Thank you thank you thank you ALL these suggestions are GREAT and can be done!! Keep the suggestions coming!
Deb February 05, 2013 at 06:37 AM
Parking. Down at the southern end, there is never anywhere to park due to the swim shop patrons dropping off & picking up kids for lessons. It's great that they are there, as it helps the surrounding businesses, but if I want to grab a deli sandwich or frozen yogurt, I might think twice if I can't find a space. Also, all of the parking in Downtown is timed - 1 or 2 hour spaces. Enough if you're just getting something quick, but it discourages people from staying in the area (especially since the parking enforcement officers do such a good job). Maybe keep the time limit on the street but get rid of it on adjacent side streets and the lots behind the businesses on the east side.
Barbara Abitsch February 07, 2013 at 11:00 PM
The downtown area needs remodelling - wat too many ethnic stores and restaurants- one little coffee shop - go up and study Bayhill - they are always crowded - urban village?? what the hell is that??right now everything is going into the bullet train to nowhere, and the future plans to ruin San Bruno with more retail and condos - I've lived here for over 50 years - we're not Burlingame, we are a working man's rown - Barbara Abitsch


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