Updated: Mar 5, 2020
UNITED WE STAND
In March 2017 a small group of local residents came together to oppose the development of an In-N-Out and a drive-thru Starbucks being built at the corner of N. Main and Second Ave and from those early meetings, Larkey Park Neighbors United (LPNU) was born.
United in our cause, we circulated petitions and surveys, held meetings with neighbors, created a website, canvassed block-by-block with flyers, and mounted a letter writing campaign to local officials that resulted in the Mayor having to retract his “endorsement” of the project. We even made the 4:00, 6:00, 10:00 and 11:00 local news on two tv stations, once as the lead story! And our collective efforts paid off – much quicker than we ever dreamed!
THAT WAS QUICK
Less than 4 weeks into our campaign, the developer, Hall Equities, officially withdrew its application with the City, citing neighborhood opposition to the proposed development as the main reason.
While we are excited about this fantastic outcome, we decided that we should continue working together for the betterment of our neighborhood. And we know that there is more work to be done with the amazing group of people who supported the NO In-n-Out in Larkey Park campaign!
"NO!" to an In-n-Out
LEADS TO "YES" TO A BETTER LARKEY PARK!
While our initial objective was to oppose this specific plan for 2nd & N. Main, we chose the name Larkey Park Neighbors United because we knew early on that we were about more than just opposing this development.
Larkey Park Neighbors United is FOR...
well thought out, planned, sustainable development that brings benefits to the residents of this area, as well as benefit to investors who are building in northwest Walnut Creek.
improvements to existing problems in the area and working collaboratively with the city of Walnut Creek on concrete solutions to concerns like traffic, congestion, and the oversaturation of certain types of businesses in and near our neighborhood.
working with the City of Walnut Creek to advocate for the development of long term plans for this area that are consistent with the City’s General Plan and development goals.
We are so appreciative of the support of all our neighbors. Without YOUR support, our grassroots efforts and our first taste of success would not have been possible.
Going forward, we will need your support as much as ever as we shift our focus to representing the best interests of the residents of this area with the City of Walnut Creek and other stakeholders interested in collaborative planning and sustainable growth for Northwest Walnut Creek.
Stay tuned and please stay involved. There is more to come…
Our new sort of unofficial motto:
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not."
- Dr. Seuss, The Lorax