On the September 14th, 2020 meeting during the Verbal Update and Possible Direction to Staff on COVID-19 related to Business Recovery Efforts, the City Staff presented the Long-Term and Large-Scale Recovery Strategies on slide 20 to –
- Increase local customer base by growing the city’s population and by planning for more walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods with housing, retail, and services (e.g., NVCAP, Downtown Plan, El Camino Real, etc.)
- Support experience retail through destinations and place marking in downtown and other shopping districts.
- Retain major employers, producers, and start-ups to continue drawing workers to Palo Alto.
To watch City Staff comments, here is the link at https://midpenmedia.org/city-council-152-9142020/ (starts at 4:02:04), the long term strategies which the City Manager proposes growing Palo Alto’s populations and consideration to adjust ground floor retail preservation.