I miss the old palo alto!
Original post made by Andrea on Dec 2, 2012
I was born and raised in PA. I, like so many others, grew up in our nice little safe neighborhood where the kids all played together and everyone knew one another. We all went to the same schools from K-12th. We were our own little community and because of that we are all still very close 20-30 years later. I realize that the world has changed but PA has, I'm sad to say, not changed for the better. For one, I see the huge lack of community now. Kids don't all go to school together. They go to schools all over town and that just isn't the same because when they get older they will have to go to the schools in their part of town and friendships get split up. Neighbors aren't as friendly and helpful as they once were. I think after 40 years on my street I had maybe 2-3 people I would trust with a key to my house or a safe place for my child to go to. Riding your bike, especially for kids has become hazardous. I rarely let my daughter ride across El Camino to school and I took a lot of flack for it but when I see drivers as reckless as they are, I just can't see it being safe. Especially with the lack of bike lane on Stanford Ave. My daughter was almost hit several times when she was older near Jordan. There is far too much new housing allowed. The traffic has become ridiculous. I can get to PA from Los Gatos in 15 min but it takes me another 15 minutes just to get downtown! Don't get me started on trying to park anywhere at anytime. No wonder I was so stressed out living there. The schools have lost their focus and the kids are paying for it. Pulling my child out of PA schools, the same schools I went to, was the best thing I could of done. No longer does she have headaches and stomachaches from the stress. No more hours and hours of homework. No more bullying that is just tolerated but so many in the school system. She is happier, healthier, and getting straight A's now. Her teachers are young, positive and enthusiastic. I wish I could say the same about the majority of her middle school teachers at Jordan. I know so many feel that PA schools are the best around but if you take a step outside of the PA bubble you will see that there is a world outside of there that is so much healthier and balanced. PA is so dysfunctional and has been for some time. They seem too focused on image and money and not on what really matters. Stop building more housing! PA is crowded enough! The schools are crowded and need help as they are. Don't add more until you fix whats broken. PA has gotten too big for its britches. Big ego with huge rents & attitudes. Its dirty, homeless everywhere, and crime is up. I don't feel safe there like I used to and I certainly don't feel its safe for my kids. Its not just me. Many many other people have also moved away for the same reasons. We miss the mom and pop stores. California Ave used to be a place where you could get everything you could possibly need. It had a market, hardware store, music store, pharmacy, bakery, restaurants, deli, pet store, bank, hair salon, and more. My grandparents and parents didn't have to go anywhere else for the most part. Now you have to drive across town to find a hardware store, or to get dog food, or to find a music store. Dont even get me started on the Calif Ave fountain which sits empty and dead. Just fix it already! We miss our fountain that we all grew up with! Put up the holiday lights on the trees behind it and make California Ave the place it used to be! At the rate things are going PA will be ruined before we know it. I know all the new residents don't understand my rant but most locals probably do. We're sad to see what its become and thats why as much as it pains us, many of us have left our childhood home to raise our families in places that remind us of what PA used to be.
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