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City to encourages residents to walk around town

Original post made by Walker, Charleston Gardens, on Jun 29, 2007

Mayor Kishimoto is planning to promote ways in which residents will walk instead of drive around town.

Many of the ideas suggested are good ones but one problem persists. I walk with a friend regularly side by side. Unfortunately, there is not a block in Palo Alto where bushes and branches do not grow over the sidewalk preventing two people from walking side by side.

An effort needs to be made to clear sidewalks and cut back low overhanging branches. Homeowners seem to be oblivious to the fact that the sidewalk belong to Palo Alto and not to them. Please cut back your overhanging branches and sprawling bushes.

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Posted by Knisimoto
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2007 at 9:13 am

Here is the link to this story:

Web Link

This article is hysterical. Have you read some of the quotes:

1) "Kniss policy analyst Linda Leu suggested naming one route "I had too much dessert to eat last night." "

2)"Leu suggested expanding San Francisco's "Waving Wednesdays" where bikers salute each other to include those in cars as well. "

If Kishimoto and Kniss are behind this, I will be driving as much as possible.

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Posted by bruce
a resident of University South
on Jun 29, 2007 at 10:34 am

The city regulations require that all vegetation be cut back so it does not stick out onto the sidewalk. Also tree branches/leaves must be at least 8 feet above the sidewalk.

Please neighbors. Trim your overhanging bushes, etc., so they do not interfere with the effort by our mayor to encourage walking.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 29, 2007 at 12:07 pm

I propose renaming the city Titi-Poo and setting it to music.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2007 at 10:04 am

I try to walk short distances when I can. However, one big problem I have is that I often have too much to take that can be carried. When my children were small, I had a stroller to push and quite often the toddlers were walking and I used the stroller for stuff. (I remember a kindergarted teacher giving me the job of carving a large pumpkin and it never occurred to her that I didn't have a car to take it home.)

Now my children are older and the stroller is long gone. I know people who use little red wagons for towing their stuff, but they are not practical for carrying stuff which can fall out and towing them is awkward.

What I would like is something like a supermarket cart, basket on wheels, or something, that can be used to push stuff around. The sort of stuff I carry is swimming stuff, snacks for the baseball or soccer team, sports equipment, school projects, library books and cds, groceries (couple of gallons of milk and bread type errands).

Some enterprising company to design something like this without it being labelled stroller or for the elderly that a fairly active family can use.

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Posted by Homeless Traits
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Jun 30, 2007 at 9:40 pm


you have 2 obvoius options:

1. Have another child
2. Become homeless. You get a free shopping cart.

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Posted by hahaha
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 2, 2007 at 12:04 am

LOL!! It's gems like this that keep me reading. Thanks for the belly laugh.

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