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Spectrum - December 13, 2013

On Deadline: Is there a 'simple solution' to parking overflow from commercial areas?

by Jay Thorwaldson

Opposition has surfaced to a Residential Parking Permit (RPP) program for Palo Alto neighborhoods hit by overflow parking from commercial areas, scheduled to be considered by the City Council Monday night.

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Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at jthorwaldson@paweekly.com with a copy to jaythor@well.com. He also writes blogs at www.PaloAltoOnline.com (below Town Square).


Posted by try it, you might like it, a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 13, 2013 at 9:28 am

It actually sounds like a reasonable idea and simple to try out. Sort of like the "no turn signal" in DTN vs. "gated community".

Posted by curmudgeon, a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 13, 2013 at 10:38 am

"Palo Alto for whatever reason got starry-eyed about luring more tech jobs into Palo Alto, and particularly into downtown Palo Alto, where we just don't have the infrastructure. ... There has been too much office development and too little (parking space) supply, and there are people whose lives are compromised by all this."

Like small-town boosters everywhere. Our city councilmembers and their commissioners always hope that this next one will get Palo Alto on the map ... well maybe this next one ... or surely this next one... .

They have been eager marks for slick developers from Woodside, Portola Valley, Atherton, Los Altos Hills, and even a local one, in exchange for the illusion of urbanity and a few dollars in the campaign coffers. The Weekly documented an example of the latter here: Web Link

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Put pay per hour machines in all City lots and garages and meters on the street.

Posted by When, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm

"Is there a 'simple solution' to parking overflow from commercial areas?"

Yes, the simple solution is to constrain new commercial development until infrastructure catches up.

Forcing tailored parking solutions will leave everyone unhappy, which is already the case. We are wasting valuable energy and time chasing parking and traffic moving targets (literally moving targets) instead of confronting the elephant (S) in the area.

Posted by Read Our Lips, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

No new development! Put a long moratorium on it! Meanwhile, how about some signs starting the fines for business parking in a residential neighborhood? The meter maid can run the plates to find out if the parked car is a resident or not. Also, parking meters downtown are a great idea--at least make some cash out of a bad situation. Sure worked for RWC!

Posted by Robert, a resident of another community
on Dec 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm

@Read Our Lips

Does that mean you would gladly pay a ticket if you parked in a neighborhood you weren't a resident of? I mean, seeing as there's no way of knowing if a parked car is in a location due to business or just visiting a friend...

Posted by Council and developers, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 13, 2013 at 3:08 pm

As I recall Liz Kniss got the office space after Sandoval was forced out.
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