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City strategies for housing growth target industrial areas, transit corridors

Original post made on Jan 13, 2022

Facing a regional mandate to plan for more than 6,000 units, Palo Alto is taking a closer look at the commercial and industrial area in the city's southeastern corner as a promising place for future housing.

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Posted by tmp
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 13, 2022 at 10:54 am

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The edict from Sacramento:

Let's just forget about overpopulation, pollution, lack of water, destruction of the environment, and basically a very poor quality of life and build more ugly buildings and cram people in here like bugs.

Let's make sure the work force for big corporations (Facebook, Google) is paramount by supplying workers and then they will continue to fund elected representatives who vote to destroy California with overcrowding but who want corporate donations to fund runs to move up the government food chain.

Perhaps we should sign the petition to overturn these bad laws like SB 9 and 10 and take back local control. "Our Neighborhood Voices" has an initiative to return zoning to local control. Help out with this today by finding a petition to sign and circulate.

Posted by commonsense
a resident of Professorville
on Jan 13, 2022 at 11:31 am

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Demolish cubberly and build new two or three story schools. It’s a huge property and can handle the size schools needed.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 13, 2022 at 12:21 pm

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I totally agree with TMP on the need to sign the ballot initiative petitions on the bad state housing bills. I'm still appalled that the former city leaders managed to ignore the petition to cap downtown office growth topped the legal requirements and thus stuck us with these absurd housing targets because of the linkage between jobs and housing targets.

Shame on them.

I also think it's absurd that Palo Alto is thinking of combining a vote on instituting a business tax with an item to legitimize the city's repeated practice of ILLEGALLY over-charging utility customers $20,000,000.

Please separate the two issues!!! i want both a business tax AND for the city to STOP the over-charging and to pay us the legal settlement the judge ordered the city to pay for over-charging us.

I'm tired of paying the city to appeal this judgment. I'm tired of them continuing to approve offices which has pushed our housing "targets" to these absurd heights.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 13, 2022 at 1:03 pm

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We have 3 transit corridors, Caltrain, El Camino and Middlefield, in order of importance. Otherwise, transit is dreadful in Palo Alto and a lot worse than a decade or more ago. When the JCC was built, we were told it would be served by transit.

I can only imagine how present transit would handle large numbers of increased ridership particularly if they want to go anywhere other than north/south.

We all know this, so do those who move to any proposed new housing. They will want cars.

Posted by NeilsonBuchanan
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 13, 2022 at 4:24 pm

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Why not locate substantial housing convenient and affordable within Stanford Research Park?

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 13, 2022 at 4:40 pm

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What a great idea -- Stanford Research Park and Stanford University Campus.

Posted by mjh
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 13, 2022 at 5:30 pm

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The huge number of jobs in the Stanford Research Park makes a substantial contribution to the 6,000+ new housing units Palo Alto residents have been allocated by ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments, unelected) to identify locations to build. Only fair to to rezone part of the Stanford Research Park for housing. Especially if there is any property in the Research Park that has not been developed or is not currently leased.

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