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Lytton Plaza redesign resurfaces

Original post made on Oct 22, 2007

A group of downtown business leaders and Palo Alto parks advocates have revived plans to renovate Lytton Plaza with a $600,000 plan that would keep "The Egg" sculpture.

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Posted by David Bubenik
a resident of University South
on Oct 22, 2007 at 12:40 pm

The Egg in Lytton Plaza is covered with old electronic circuit boards, which are famous repositories of a variety of toxic materials, especially the lead used to solder in the electronic components. When were The Egg and its surroundings last tested for toxics?

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Posted by Underwhelmed
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 23, 2007 at 8:16 am

There is a lot of seating available for the homeless to make themselves quite comfortable at Lytton Plaza in the new design.

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 23, 2007 at 11:23 am

Who wants to sit on a bench/seat after a homeless person has??? Talk about unsanitary conditions!

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Posted by Carol Mullen
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 24, 2007 at 8:41 am

Bad ideas never die; they don't even fade away.
Huge traffic increases already here and more on the way for downtown: how about Lytton Plaza for a Palo Alto version of Marguerite?

No one's going to want to sit in fumes. There will be enough of that as cars head for Stanford's enlarged medical center. (Most will take Embarcadero and Ravenswood, but there will be overflow on University. There already is, and I've been part of it.)

Let's have electric vans.

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Posted by Suzie
a resident of another community
on Oct 24, 2007 at 9:22 am

Why oh why spend money to re-vamp Lytton Plaza when it will just end up being a homeless haven instead of a "prime quintessential keynote spot in the downtown"
Have you been down there recently?

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Posted by Plaza is fine as is
a resident of Triple El
on Oct 24, 2007 at 6:00 pm

Well Suzie, Roxy Rapp's family runs the building next to the plaza and they probably have big plans for it. The want the city to pitch in to upgrade their property. The other movers and shakers are also investment bankers and such.
I just passed the plaza an hour ago. Lots of nice young people gathering there, some with bicycles. I didn't see anything wrong.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 2, 2007 at 6:37 pm

Our poor downtown is riddled with homeless people and I agree with Suzie that a new Lytton Plaza will most likely become a homeless haven forcing tourists and locals out. The majority of the benches in downtown have become beds for the homeless and adding a new Lytton Plaza with the proposed "park like" feel will be just one more place for them to hangout.

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