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News - July 25, 2014

Around Town

FOR THE BIRDS ... It's not only new developments' mass, density and modernity that Palo Alto residents decry; now it's also their lack of bird-friendliness. Numerous Town Square commenters on last week's cover story on architectural review are advocating for an ordinance to prevent designs that cause birds to fly into buildings. "Birds collide with windows that reflect trees, landscaping, or sky," wrote Shani Kleinhaus of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. "There are ways to design buildings that are safer for birds." Other Town Square posters soon chimed in. "Please help Palo Alto to become a Bird Friendly city," Vi Sialia pleaded. Another sounded hopeful about the possibility of a bird-safety ordinance: "Utility and beauty are unfortunately within the domain of the property owners, but an ordinance about architecture that doesn't kill birds is something that the City could probably do."

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