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In Old Palo Alto, something to talk about

Original post made on Mar 24, 2012

Last Halloween, Old Palo Alto resident Catherine Debs launched a beautification project in her neighborhood aimed at bringing people together. Her festive creations, centered on a traffic median, have become the talk of the town. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, March 24, 2012, 12:42 PM

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Posted by Jocelyn Dong
editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Mar 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm

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Posted by Bryna, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 23, 2012 at 9:25 am

As a long time friend of Catherine Debs, I've always known her to have boundless energy.It is so great that the community takes away something out of this effort whatever it may be. The kids have fun, the parents all meet each other , people are waving and asking whats is really inspirational and Catherines creativity shines through...she gets back 3x what she put out there....stay tuned!


Posted by Annie, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, 20 hours ago

I love tree decorations and I don't even live in that neighborhood. When my kids bike home from Paly they always ask if I've seen the latest. It's wonderful, it makes people happy. Thank you for brightening our day!

Posted by tivity
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm

has been said that all experience or perception is not what you are . you are the undefined infinity that has no ground but still is what you are. any kind of life is just a reflection dancing on the groundless ground of the never beginning never ending undefinable self. there is no god, and god cannot even get what he wants. cause he doesent exist. god cannot even know himself! if he existed ,that is, just wait for the next existence. no need to create empires.everything you do is jumping jacks exercises until next existence. forget your crusades and beliefs. they are all false. infinte self is all. no seperation between anything known or unknown or can never be known.-------manifest destiny goes nowhere.

Posted by Old Palo Alto
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm

This should become viral. If everyone focused on things of this nature the world would be a better place.

Posted by A mom
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm

We live around the corner and my little kids (2 yrs old and 16 mos) always get so excited when they see the lights. For the longest time in February my 2 yr old would exclaim "Happy Chinese New Year" every time we would pass by. It helped him get over the fact that Christmas was over.

Posted by Thankful Neighbor
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm

We live just two blocks away. Our kids just love the lights. They always want to ride their scooters, bikes or trikes to that corner to check out what's new. Thank you for your efforts.

Posted by Thanks
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 24, 2012 at 11:02 pm

It's beautiful & so thoughtful. My daughter loves it. We take a walk around the neighborhood to see the decorations when we get a chance. Thank you very much.

Posted by wonderful
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 25, 2012 at 9:35 am

This is a beautiful way to celebrate Palo Alto's most pedestrian and bicycle friendly street. You can't appreciate this art from a car, but pedestrians and bicyclists really enjoy it.

Posted by Adina
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 26, 2012 at 6:18 am

Is there an online photo collection anywhere?

Posted by Sue Dremann
Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Mar 27, 2012 at 9:32 am

Sue Dremann is a registered user.

Bernie said she will send me a link to the online photo collection later this week. I will post it then. Her website is

Posted by Jane
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Why not have handmade decorations made by our talented elementary school children? I am local art teacher teaching in 2nd and 3rd grade classes. Students could do a special Earth Day Project celebrating bicycles, or our local birds; Plenty of Original ideas.

I am sorry to see artificial decorations, probably made in China, following cliched Greeting Card merchandizing Themes.
Does anyone else think it's odd that lovely Japanese Maple trees are festooned with fake flowers, while Spring is busting out all over our beautiful neighborhood?

Posted by Sue Dremann
Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Mar 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Sue Dremann is a registered user.

Here's the URL for more photos of the Bryant/Lowell decorations:

Web Link

Posted by wonderful
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Jane - this is a volunteer project at one location by a local resident. We should appreciate the effort that she has provided. There are plenty of other blocks that your class could take the initiative to adopt.

Posted by Thomas
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 31, 2012 at 2:56 pm

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a resident of Stanford
on Nov 1, 2016 at 12:13 pm

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Posted by Srsly?
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 1, 2016 at 12:19 pm

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It isn't at all a waste of time at all! Solo many people get so much enjoyment from the decorations-- especially walkers, joggers, bike riders, and children of all ages!

These decorations are a very uplifting bright spot in the neighborhood, and are much appreciated, as well as looked forward to!

Posted by Luna
a resident of Professorville
on Jun 4, 2017 at 1:46 pm

My 75 year old husband and I (74) bicycle every day through this beautiful and uplifting site! It puts a smile on one's face. Thank you, volunteers of "Branches on Bryant" for the generous contribution of your time and energy.

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