Alma Plaza does not feel welcoming to many Around Town, posted by Neighbor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Sep 6, 2012 at 11:58 am
As I have driven along Alma and watched the work nearing completion on the new Plaza, I don't like what I see. I wonder if the new supermarket will have to advertise with large posters like the JCC does to get customers. It seems I am not alone.
This is what the Patch says. I think I tend to agree. Web Link
To whet your appetite, it states, Alma Plaza rises from the dead - like a zombie!
Posted by Midtowner, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Sep 6, 2012 at 9:45 pm
It is disheartening how Palo Alto allows ugly, ill-conceived projects to be built. JCC, the ugly IKEA like Mitchell Park library, and Alma Plaza (among others). I agree, it is sad to have to dry buy the new Alma Plaza with a mostly blind wall (the back of a building?) abutting the street... Why can't we do better than this?
Posted by Palo Parent, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Sep 7, 2012 at 11:36 am
I'd bet you a doughnut that the developers build right up to the lot line in areas like that (future HSR expansion or widening of Alma) so that the city cannot "take" any of their property through eminent domain.
Posted by love the jcc, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Sep 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm
Thank goodness the JCC was built. It gives the local whiners something to complain about. After all it replaced the lovely Sun campus and the KFC that was at that location. And the poor neighbors that live next to the JCC (oh wait, there are no people living next to the JCC). But that will not stop the whining. I wonder if we would hear the same number of complaints if it was a Christian-related building
Posted by shameful councilmembers, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Sep 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm
love the JCC--are you saying the the constant bashing of the JCC may have to do with the fact that it is a jewish run place? Do you have any proof? Just because a number of years ago the mayor did an abrupt about face and opposed the establishment of the eruv in town in the face of an outcry by anti-semites??? Not sure that most people in the city are like her.
Posted by Anymouse, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Sep 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm
@Love the JCC
Um, it is an UGLY building, PERIOD. I haven't been inside, I recieved from the JCC many invitations to their gym, when they opened. I just could not bear to look at that drab building. No, I'm not Jewish, (in case you wondered), but I'd really like a good deli in or around the Peninsula. And, NO, Max's doesn't compare to SoCal or NY delis.