Mobile-home park residents host holiday Posada Around Town, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Dec 21, 2012 at 11:45 am
In long robes and accompanied by an angel, modern-day versions of Mary and Joseph, parents of the yet-unborn Jesus, beseeched residents of Palo Alto's Buena Vista Mobile Home Park for a place to stay on Sunday evening, Dec. 16.
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Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Dec 21, 2012 at 11:45 am
Are they using sacred Christian history to attempt to manipulate the outcome of the mobile home park in their favor, or maybe I'm just being cynical? It's not that I don't feel for them, I do. I just think they're perhaps misguided in expending their energy this way.
Posted by Christian for social justice, a resident of another community, on Dec 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm
Another way to view it would be that they are making that sacred history contemporary and putting their faith into action as we are are called to do as Christians. Hard to see that as misguided in my book; au contraire.
Posted by Myth reenactment, a resident of another community, on Dec 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm
I was driving on Middlefield Road Friday evening and hundreds, maybe even a thousand people were dressed in flowing robes probably re-enacting the ancient myth. I was saddened to see people trying to make something mythical seem real. And misleading their children so they will believe in something that never happened.
Posted by BP resident, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Dec 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm
Has the posada happened in years' past, or was this the first time? Why was mayor there? I hate to agree with the sentiment above, but it does feel manipulative and political. There are many lovely caring families residing there. Also undesirables, but that's true anywhere, any complex. It's going to be interesting... Some Palo Altans will want to preserve it, proposing major spending to fix the outdated sewer and gas infrastructure. I think the park has met it's maturation date.
Posted by anonymous, a resident of the Ventura neighborhood, on Feb 26, 2013 at 6:36 pm
This is in regards to these comments about religion. Millions upon millions of people use organized religion as a crutch. They use it to get by day to day and they believe that good things happen to them because of their faith. You'll find this everywhere you look from entertainment to politics,and in all of your neighborhoods. So why is it a problem when the Buena Vista residents use it as a "Hail Mary" just as they are about to be permanently discarded from their community. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]