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News - April 11, 2014

Around Town

LOTS OF LOVE ... Palo Alto's never-ending discussion about parking solutions spilled over into the public-arts arena Monday night, when the City Council held its annual joint meeting with the Public Arts Commission. While there was some talk of new sculptures, a proposed Arts Master Plan and the city's new online catalog of public art, council members repeatedly came back to the one issue that continues to flummox and frustrate the city's masses: parking. Council members Greg Scharff, Marc Berman and Larry Klein all talked about the fact that the city is planning on building a new downtown garage, possibly two, and asked the commission to look at ways to make the new structures visually pleasing. Berman acknowledged that making a garage look beautiful may sound a little like putting lipstick on the proverbial pig, but said the city should do what it can "to make those structures as appealing as possible." Klein observed that "the ugliest buildings around in most communities are parking garages." As one exception, he cited Miami Beach, Fla., which has won several awards for its parking structures. Klein issued a challenge for the commission. "One of their parking garages has become so popular that they now have weddings there," Klein said. "That's what I want for Palo Alto."

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