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Survey shows opinion gaps between north and south Palo Alto
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on Mar 17, 2014
Palo Altans overwhelmingly feel like their city is a splendid place to live, a great place to raise children and a decent place to retire, but when asked about a "sense of community," bus routes and the quality of services for seniors and youth, residents in the north tend to be far cheerier than their counterparts in the south, a recent survey indicates.
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posted Monday, March 17, 2014, 9:52 PM
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Posted by southern neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2014 at 11:26 pm
Well of course people in the north feel cheerier about city services, because they have a lot more of them over there, and we in the south have to travel our overcrowded streets to most of them.
North has: Lucie Stern Community Center and Theater, Children's Theater, Children's Library Rinconcada Park, Rinconada Pool, Tennis Courts, Main Library, Art Center, Downtown Library, Bowling Green, Gamble Gardens (though not technically a city property), the golf course, the baylands, the airport, City Hall, Police station, Children's Museum and Zoo, Stanford Mall, etc.
South has: Mitchell Park & Community Center (well, someday), Cubberly (falling apart, oh, and they chased Foothill away), Bol Park (residents bought it or it would have been built over), and Juana Briones Park. We kind of have the El Camino soccer fields, though they're kind of in the middle. Oh, and I almost forgot, the newest community space, the room above the ugly box grocery store and stack-and-pack development at Alma Plaza (that was sarcasm, in case Larry Klein is reading this, he probably thinks we don't notice the difference since we go speeding by there so fast, according to what he imagines).
I can't believe the City Council would play all innocent in regards to the bomb they set off in the community over here when they tried to ram that Maybell overdevelopment down our throats and used the NIMBY card to try to do it. Few people in the north realize the Maybell orchard has around 100 established trees that survive without watering, they have roots that deep. If it were in the north, the Council would have already turned it into heritage orchard parkland. As it is, they can't wait to try to stab us in the back and twist the knife with as much as they can pack there.
We are treated like a dumping ground for density, without any regard to proper analysis of safety and infrastructure, but not deserving of the kind of City services available in the north, nor deserving of maintaining our open space, sunlight, or sense of calm in our neighborhoods. The traffic and noise have gotten exponentially worse as giant ugly developments have sprung up around us and they aren't finished.
People in the north have bigger houses and lots - thus less impacted where they live by these massive changes --but our per square foot costs over here are stratospheric, too, but we have more density and the lower cost houses tend to turn over more, i.e., we're paying for the services like everyone else but not getting them on our side of town where we can access them near where we live.
Not that I am saying people in the north aren't impacted by the mess this City Council is making of our town. Nor am I trying to open a divide, because I'm incredibly grateful for the way they supported us over here when we needed it.
To our northern neighbors: We'd love if y'all would help us save the main diversity on this side of town by helping us save the trailer park, and saving that orchard. Which sits across the street from a school for the most disabled students in Palo Alto, the OH, a program that has declined as Palo Alto has become increasingly more unattainable and inaccessible to the disabled. At least on this side of town as the stack-and-pack developments spring up around us like trees, and the trees come down with the bulldozers like they're nothing.