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2014 Predictions

Uploaded: Jan 1, 2014

How Could a Community Blogger Not Prognosticate?

Some things locally that will and will not happen, in no particular order:

All developer initiated applications for commercial development and for major changes in residential areas will go down in flames.

The cost of single family homes will continue to rise. Dirty secret—some of them will be semi- occupied, and only are purchased so the children can attend Palo Alto Schools. Family has a house in a nearby town

More bungalows that were part of PA 100 years ago will be scraped and replaced with McMansions, some good some bad. Beware of basements in certain neighborhoods, which have underground creeks

There will continue to be a retail schism on University Ave. Mainly catering to those on the expense account, not to those who want to schmooze with a friend or make simple purchases. Personally, I will continue to patronize CVS and Whole Foods for some, but not my entire routine needs

High Speed Rail will implode at long last. No dinero

Something significant will occur at HP after years of dysfunction

The citizens and voters of Palo Alto will continue to be critical and ungrateful to the City Council, the various commissions, and the City staff. I see it as OK to disagree with people in public positions on their points of view and the choices people have to make. There is a reason why many capable people choose not to re-up when their terms expire.

Our school district will continue to be a Lake Woebegon, where all the children are above average, except for those who are not. And it depends what is measured to ascertain what above average means

I am sure other readers have some predictions. Please offer them .

I appreciate the number of hits on this blog, and offer my best wishes for 2014.


Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park,
on Jan 1, 2014 at 10:34 am

Yogi Berra said it better than I could ...

"It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future."

I'll try a hope rather than a prediction ... Facebook and Google are just too monolithic and corporate and will fail while Yahoo will make a comeback as long as it can avoid the same fate. Amazon will just keep rolling.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Jan 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm

I predict that at long last and with much fanfare the Mitchell Park library will reopen.

I predict that a delay will be announced on the completion date of Main Library.

I predict that by the end of the year we will still be complaining about parking, traffic and lack of public transit.

I predict that we have more of the same on our City Council and PAUSD BoE (but hope I am wrong). My prediction comes mainly from a lack luster selection of candidates.

I predict that we will still be driving out of town for affordable and one stop shopping while those that love Trader Joes and Whole Foods can't understand why we can't see how wonderful they are. I predict that Grocery Outlet will be blamed for any increase in crime as residents of neighboring towns come here for their cut price groceries.

I predict that the PAW Town Forum will contain the same hot topics at the end of the year as we have at the beginning of the year.

This is Palo Alto, after all.

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