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New Mitchell Park Buildings Are A Misfit

Uploaded: Oct 10, 2013
I am sorry to say that these new buildings are a complete mis-fit with the neighborhood and the rest of Mitchell Park.

As a member of the Parks Commission, I had numerous presentations about the design, and got to tour the work in progress a couple of times.

I have no doubts that the experience for people in the new library and community center will be a significant improvement over what was there before.

After driving by the work in process and actually walking through it, I am of the opinion we got the right idea on the inside, without regard to the outside.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by Alex, a resident of ,
on Oct 10, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Sorry, but this perspective is not new or original. People have been complaining about these buildings for at least 18 months...

Does 4 sentences constitute a blog post? Next time go ahead and tweet this. Then delete that tweet.

Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of ,
on Oct 10, 2013 at 10:36 pm

I think the new library, if that is what the poster is talking about will work out fine. I was driving by the other day and looking it and it seemed very light and airy. I hope it is a "green" building that will save a lot of energy. I can\'t wait to check it out. When the trees grow in around it I it will look good. I know it is different, but you know, so was the Newell Library when it first was built. I remember my Grandma always grumbling about that building too. Now people almost all like it. Give it some time. There\'s lots uglier buildings in Palo Alto, and some lots older too.

Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of ,
on Oct 10, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Looks like there is a bug in the posting program ... when I type an apostrophe I get a backslash in front of it ... like so ... ' ' ' ' '

Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of ,
on Oct 10, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Hmmmm well it didn't work when I typed the apostrophe alone ... maybe it screws up in a contraction?

Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of ,
on Oct 10, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Alright ... nevermind.

Posted by Resident, a resident of ,
on Oct 10, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Paul you are obviously a lot luckier than most of us as we have not been able to get inside.

From the outside, the front may be reasonably ok, but the front is at the side and not really visible from the street. The side is facing the street, which seems odd to me.

From the street the back is blue and stark, the side is messy and the front has bushes, stone and yellow.

There is a strange white pile of something which may be art or may be a pile of debris that looks as if it may topple in an earthquake. It can't be seen properly at present, but adds to the unfinished feel.

As I said, you have seen more than the rest of us. I am not holding my breath.

Posted by Middlefield, a resident of Adobe-Meadows,
on Oct 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Walking by the library on Middlefield will be a rare "pleasure".
This "green" building is emitting loud noises from mechanical equipment poorly muffled by inefficient louvers.
Ventilation exhaust is spewed horizontally inches above people's head, from outlets that on any other building would be on the roof.
Only to name a couple of things.

Posted by Paul Losch, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Oct 19, 2013 at 10:46 am

Paul Losch is a registered user.


There is no foundation to your assertion. I have not edited or deleted anything from this thread. Find a better use of your time than taking cheap shots without evidence to back up what you assert. The PA Online folks may have taken action, which they have the right to do.

Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park,
on Oct 24, 2013 at 7:44 am

Maybe your next edition should be about reading comprehension? ;-)

Posted by curmudgeon, a resident of Downtown North,
on Nov 15, 2013 at 3:44 pm

"New Mitchell Park Buildings Are A Misfit"

Bite your tongue--if the ARB finds that out they'll conform the park to the buildings.

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