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A modest proposal

Original post made on May 19, 2017

When Vice Mayor Liz Kniss was campaigning for re-election last fall, one issue towered above all others among residents with whom she spoke.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

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Posted by TrainNeighbor
a resident of Ventura
on May 19, 2017 at 10:06 am

Every new housing development should be required to offer some units at significant levels below market rate. For example, per 10 new units: 7 at market rate, 2 at 30% below, and 1 at 50-70% below market. If a 2 bedroom rents for $4,000 at market, then the others would be $2,800 and $2,000-$1,200. Income eligibility determines who gets BMR units.

Developers could get a slight bump in square footage and height to pay for it.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 21, 2017 at 7:20 pm

The problem with adding more housing is it gives development advocates a greenlight to permit even more high-profit office spaces. The net result is that jobs/housing is even more imbalanced, traffic becomes even more of a nightmare, developers are even richer, and pro-development candidates get even more campaign contributions.

Posted by Robert
a resident of another community
on May 21, 2017 at 7:29 pm


Yeah the problem with allowing more housing to be built is all the high end office space that naturally comes with it...

Posted by Gridlock
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2017 at 7:55 am

The answer is to create the housing by converting offices to housing until they are balanced. Or move larger companies out. Facebook did so voluntarily and it was good for Palo Alto and good for Facebook.

We should be identifying office areas that could be all housing instead, or office areas that could convert half the offices to housing to create balance.

In the meantime, the traffic seriously impairs the ability of most people I know to go about their business every day. We need more sophisticated analysipes to tell us the parameters to solve such problems. Until then, no more anything should he packed in here.

Posted by Anneke
a resident of Professorville
on May 22, 2017 at 8:40 am

We need a much more effective and efficient transportation system, so that housing and commuting are no longer a negative experience.

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