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Why do Stanford's signs only cover North Palo Alto?

Original post made by Midtown resident on Mar 1, 2007

I was driving down El Camino today and noticed all the signs for the Cantor museum. There are two signs per lamp post, on both sides of the roads, which works out to about every 15 or 20 feet. It is a lot of signage, which is why I noticed. They say something like "Come to the museum, it's your museum too"

What I'm curious about is why do the signs come to a dead stop at Oregon Expressway? There is not a single sign in South Palo Alto. Is there a reason for this? Given the amount of signage, it seems they could have spared a few signs for us poor un-cultured southies.

Any ideas why this might have happened?

PS Menlo Park is also not included. The signs stop right after Stanford Mall.

Comments (4)

Posted by William, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 1, 2007 at 8:41 pm

My understanding is that the banners are along the portion of El Camino that is owned by Stanford. Hence, they run from around Stanford Ave. north to the Menlo Park border.


Posted by Robin, a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 2, 2007 at 10:18 am

Apologies if I'm straying from the topic, but I'm uncertain there is enough signage for Stanford Hospital.

Maybe I've missed spotting them, but so far I've been unable to find signs for the hospital on El Camino, Sand Hill Rd., Junipero Serra Blvd., or Stanford Ave.

I did find a few signs for the hospital on Campus Drive, Arboretum Rd., and Quarry Rd.


Posted by k, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 2, 2007 at 11:31 am

Signs to a hospital are important - aren't they usually small and blue? (I recall something like that near El Camino Hospital...) I think when you exit 101 @ the big Embarcadero/Oregon intersection (at least coming from the south off 101) there is a small sign that says "hospital" directing people to go west on Embarcadero. I recently had a confused man ask me directions to the medical clinic (not the hospital) at the gas station on Embarcadero/101.


Posted by Palo Alto Teen, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 18, 2007 at 5:56 pm

I'm not an expert on the topic, but I highly doubt that this move was made a conscious decision to deprive South Palo-Altans of what is "their museum, too." It must be just the Stanford property break - it would be strange to think that Stanford's advertisements would extend allllll the way down El Camino; they'd need to stop somewhere. And why not at the end of their land?


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