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Palo Alto is really just the same as any other Peninsula City

Original post made by PA Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Aug 21, 2007

From reading Town Square and constantly hearing the phrase "so Palo Alto" one would think that the residents of this City and the things that go on here are unique and don't happen elsewhere. This is in fact not the case. Each city has its own share of NIMBYs, naysayers, doom and gloom merchants, and the political redtape. Some of this may be more than other cities, some may be less. But, I know from friends who live all over the Valley that the same issues are dogging life in this area as a whole. True, we are the only City with Stanford. True, other cities may get more big box stores and increase in retail. However, there is still the same paranoid attitude that some of our residents have here, running rampant in our neighboring communities.

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Posted by An Observer
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2007 at 4:59 pm

After seeing what is going on in Palo Alto I think it is quite unique.
I doubt that any other city has 60,000 commuters coming to it every day and using millions of gallons of gasoline every week. Palo Alto has a "job-to -resident" ratio of about 2.4 to 1 according to a Mercury News story. This issue is being totally ignored by the city and no solutions are proposed.

Palo Alto is a "City of Industry" with over 10,000,000 sq ft of office space. (Merc. News)

Palo Alto is run by business people and the newspapers only support them and not the "residentialists".

The people who run the city and their supporters live in protected enclaves in North Palo Alto mostly (i.e. Crescent park and SOFA).

Only if the residents who want to maintain Palo Alto as a residental city for the most part get involved and run for city council will the city survive as it has been. (badly written sentance)

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Posted by ahh palo alto
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 22, 2007 at 1:45 am

I like nastiness but without it, there'd be no Palo Alto because we'd have everything a city could possibly need and no way to vehemently express our displeasure with such a sad state of affairs.

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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Aug 22, 2007 at 8:36 am

Has Cupertino treated Apple like Palo Alto is harrassing Stanford now?

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Posted by Marvin
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 22, 2007 at 8:53 am

Did Palo Alto treat Sun and HP like they treat Stanford,when those companies had a large presence in town. probably not, because PA knew that they could just pull up stakes and move on (which they did).

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Posted by Winky
a resident of another community
on Aug 22, 2007 at 9:32 am

Marvin, Bingo!

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Posted by Matt
a resident of Santa Rita (Los Altos)
on Aug 22, 2007 at 1:07 pm

"True, we are the only City with Stanford"

You might want to ask Menlo Park about that. Stanford University is on unicorporated land governed by the County. Only Stanford-owned property with a business interest (including the Hospital) is actually in Palo Alto.

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