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Palo Alto looks to trees for parking solutions

Downtown resident: 'The answer has been all around us the whole time'

Seeking to address downtown's worsening parking crisis and also make use of the city's famed canopy, Palo Alto planners unveiled on Monday a new plan to convert street trees into parking lots for downtown commuters.

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Posted by FOX NEWS
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 1, 2014 at 10:44 am

Only leftie treehuggers pedestrians want trees in business areas. Right thinking Americans SUV drivers need more car parking. Get rid of the trees and put up a new parking lot already.


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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2014 at 11:38 am

This sounds great...let's get some parking ASAP!
Maybe even chop the trees and forget about the pulley system. I have seen double decker parking systems in the City.
Makes sense to me, but I think if we just take out trees, we can fit a double parking system on the streets...cars that plan on being there all day, park next to the curb and cars that are just doing a couple hours of shopping or lunch can double park.
HAFD!


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Posted by ChrisC
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm

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There is just so much to spoof in Palo Alto.


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Posted by porter
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Wow! FInally equal opportunity for everyone.


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Posted by Cedric de La Beaujardiere
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Cedric de La Beaujardiere is a registered user.

I understand there is also a plan to look for the trees to solve our housing shortage. Small one or two room, rustic cottages will be built in the trees. This has the potential to nearly double the number of dwelling units in our town (though each is smaller than the typical home). The concept is called the Tree House program. Both the parking and housing schemes are part of the over-arching Tree Resource Expansion Enterprise (T.R.E.E.).


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Posted by Enid Pearson
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 1, 2014 at 2:10 pm

This has got to be an April 1st joke. I can just see it. Cars in trees in DT Palo Alto. What more could a good conservationist ask for.


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Posted by Gary Y
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 1, 2014 at 4:41 pm

I do not see any mention of the costs for negotiating the rights to use the Keebler uniforms. What could be a very balanced budget project can be thrown way out of balance. (The Elf union is very hard to negotiate with I know from experance) Maybe an underwritten costume like a Ronald McDonald clown costume would be more practical.


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Posted by Val
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 1, 2014 at 9:40 pm

The human waste from the tree dwellers can be composted at each tree to produce methane which can fuel the cars parked in the tree. No more long drives to gas stations now that the city has allowed most of those sites to be redeveloped.

What an awesome way to reduce greenhouse gasses!


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Posted by George
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2014 at 11:26 pm

For uniforms, the Mommies who produce Halloween costumes should sew the uniforms, or have their nannies sew them. And the decorations on the uniforms could be designed by the children at the Art Center. The Art Center would later have a show with prizes for the best design.


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