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Will Palo Alto rise up to defeat mega projects?

Original post made on Nov 26, 2012

September was quite a month for development proposals in Palo Alto. First there was Jay Paul's proposal for 311,000 square feet of office space in the California Avenue area, and two weeks later, Stanford proposed 263,000 square feet downtown. Each of these proposals is larger than any commercial development that has ever been built here.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm

The question: Will we willing to mount a Referendum to stop the greed and out of control development. Web Link
City is spending huge amounts on this private boondoggle. So forget about asking for money for city projects. No thanks.

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Posted by Horselady
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 27, 2012 at 9:57 am

I think that Palo Alto residents WOULD be willing to mount a referendum to stop this from happening. These projects are destined to make Palo Alto a less desirable place to live.

The very thought of these projects going through makes me want to put my home up for sale.

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Posted by Indra Saul
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Nov 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm

We could put some very high end office space, perhaps temporarily, into El Palo Alto itself. They did something like this at Columbus Circle in New York.
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Everything is temporary from the perspective of us humans if you compare it to the age of the universe (measured in billions of years) and the nature of infinity and expanding universe (as proved by doppler effect, the redshift, and affirmed by some folk understandings of cosmology, especially the Joseph Campbell tales about reincarnation of great leaders as members of marching armies of ants, "Indras all"), yet even so for my renter's dollar I say act now before things get any worse.

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Posted by Residentalist
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I worked with Dick Rosenbaum many years ago to keep mega projects out of Palo Alto. I still do not want to live in the "leading business center of Silicon Valley". I hope someone younger will spearhead the movement to defeat this and other mega projects. I will help again. I love the Palo Alto I live in. I sacrificed a great deal to live in a vibrant community. Enough over building. Enough increased traffic. Enough! Keep to our density and hight limits.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 29, 2012 at 10:37 am

Kudos to the Park and Rec. Commissioners.
They all pointed out the tremendous defects in this plan. Traffic impacts, excessive complexity, lack of integration with any neighborhood, unnecessary height of the theater, not enough parking in general and not enough parking for the theater, inappropriate use of park land and reduction in size of park. Buildings on park land are supposed to be related to park use. Inappropriate location and use of MacArthur Park building.
Kudos to a Commission that does its job and advocates for their mission!

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