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Duveneck / St. Francis

Original post made on Nov 22, 2013

Barbara Wolfe and her husband Elliott wanted to settle down after moving around the country for many years, and after one visit to Palo Alto in 1970, she remembers thinking, "This is it. ... This is home."


Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 12:02 PM

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Posted by Marielouise Tanner
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 22, 2013 at 8:50 am

I lived in Palo Alto from 1949 until my mother sold it in 1982. Unfortunately, like the article above says, Palo Alto isn't what it used to be. Obviously I am a baby-boomer and would have loved to return to Palo Alto and live out my retirement but I guess Mark Zuckerberg and other persons like him, makes it impossible for me to return. I will be attending my 50th Paly High School Reunion next year and many of the people I went to high school with are fortunate to be able to still live there, some in the houses they grew up in.

A perfect example of how nothing stays the same and as it should be. Palo Alto was the best place to grow up in the 50s and 60s.


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Posted by Native
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

I grew up here also, and I think Palo Alto took a turn for the worse in the mid-nineties. My children grew up here also, and they hate Palo Alto and refuse to live here. They say the city is now ugly and the its citizens are mostly arrogant and rude, especially the most recent influx.

Once my house is paid off, I will buy a bigger house on a larger lot somewhere else where my grandchildren will have room to play and where the neighbors will not call the police because my visitors parked a non-Mercedes in front of their house.


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Posted by Jean
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 25, 2014 at 5:56 pm

My dislike of Palo Alto began after the passing of my father, allowing my roommate and myself to live in his house until it was sold. This was right around the time that Shoreline opened. The music that first year was so loud and because of the cloud level, the music seemed louder than normal. Because my roommate were two singles living in the house and the music was loud, the next door neighbors called my house at 11pm and "rudely" asked us to turn down our music. We didn't have any music on and tried to explain that. They were so rude!!!!!! Boy, because of that, I was never so glad to leave Palo Alto, the town I grew up in and dearly loved. People that have moved into town have become something I would have never wanted to turn into if I had stayed. I was raised there and lived there during a time that Palo Alto will never see again...great neighbors and caring. It is now the absolute opposite!!!!!


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