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Original post made by weekly reader, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jan 10, 2007

I picked up my weekly today and on page three there is an article regarding a new fence erected between the Charleston Center and Cubberly Community Center. I had to laugh at how incredibly whiny and complaining some people in Palo Alto appear. A comment from a local neighborhood representative bemoaned the fact that people from Greenmeadow would now be terribly inconvenienced by the new fence as it would force these residents to walk all the way to Middlefield (an additional 50 to 100 yards) in order to enter the shopping center or actually follow the public sidewalk to the center and enter it along Charleston.

Frankly, "if you're a mom with kids in tow", cutting across the Cubberly parking lot is not the safest route to get to the center even though it may be the shortest. If the kids are too tired to make it the extra 100 yards, then perhaps the parent should try a stroller, if the kids are older and just too lazy like the parent to take the extra steps that it would take to use the safer route (using the sidewalk), then maybe they should use the car.

I agree with Kathy Espinosa-Howard; this is hardly newsworthy and it is definately not worth using city staff time or dollars to discuss the parking issues at Charleston Center. Has the center's management ever considered hiring a private parking guard like they have patrolling other private parking lots?

Comments (8)

Posted by What a laugh
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 10, 2007 at 2:51 pm

I agree with you, this story is so Palo Alto. I am actually surprised that they were able to install the fence--if the neighbors would have found out about it beforehand it would have been subjected to a 1-2 year delay while the neighbors discussed it, environmental impact reports were prepared and the city council waited to vote until they figured out which way the NIMBy wind was blowing.

i loved the title also of the woman who was whining about the fence--civic affairs committee chair for the Greenmeadow Community Association!!!

Maybe the buildings in Cubberly center should be torn down since they impede Greenmeadow residents from directly getting to Charleston Center.

But it is not too late to do something about the fence--I suggest a petition drive to put this pressing matter on the ballot in november.

Posted by joyce
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 10, 2007 at 3:00 pm

Not everyone is young, you know. That can be an arduous distance to someone with a heart condition.

Posted by What a laugh
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 10, 2007 at 3:08 pm

Joyce is right--in order to accomodate all the PA residents that have heart conditions all fences, even those, in private homes, should be torn down so that distances will no longer be arduous.

Posted by hmmmmm
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2007 at 4:13 pm

so person with the heart condition walked the distance from the greenmeadow neighborhood through the cubberley athletic fields, passed the community center buildings buys heavy groceries that they had to take back home and the extra hundred feet is going to impact them.

I dont think you thought that example through. ;^)

Posted by weekly reader
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2007 at 5:10 pm

What a laugh,

You are so right on target!!!

Well, I did need something to laugh about today, so the PA process is good for something after all!

Posted by hmmmmm
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2007 at 5:52 pm

Maybe closing the fence to impact the hypothetical heart patient's ability to get to Rick's Rather Rich Ice Cream Parlor will extend his/her life.

This might have been a very noble re-fencing when you consider that possibility. ;^)

Posted by Jim
a resident of Greene Middle School
on Jan 12, 2007 at 7:00 am

To what a laugh,

Thank you for making me laugh this cold friday morning. After living in Palo Alto for 26 years- I could not agree with you more!! Oh, you forgot the "lets have a study to see if we need a study".

Posted by what a laugh
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 12, 2007 at 8:14 pm

You are right, Jim, I forgot that. Also the city will nee to hire consultants to look into the feasiblitiy of studying whether a study is needed in orde rto study whether a fenc should be erected at the shopping center.
I will contact the civic affairs committee chair for the Greenmeadow Community Association immediately to start galvanizing the neighborhood about this issue. Maybe other so-called Neighborhood leader can get involved also.

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