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Midtown residents question Stanford plans

Original post made on Feb 27, 2008

Midtown residents hoping for an answer last week didn't get one from Stanford Hospital & Clinics about where 2,000 additional employees will live when the hospital expands. But representatives told members of the Midtown Residents Association they will work with the neighbors to solve traffic and housing problems caused by the potential new growth.

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Posted by Marvin
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Feb 27, 2008 at 7:20 am

How can Stanford know where the 2000 new employees will live?
Don't employees choose where they want to live? How do we know that many of them will not choose to live outside of Palo Alto.
This is another tempest in a teapot stirred up by another one of our neighborhood associations and their leaders.
Neighborhood associations have done enough damage to PA and it's economy over the last few years with their NIMBYist attitudes. Time for them to find something else to fill their spare time.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2008 at 9:10 am

The only way any business has any type of control over where its workforce will live is to do it the way Facebook has, by giving financial incentives to work close to home. Otherwise, it can't say what will happen. If Stanford increases its workforce, literally who knows where they will live?


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Posted by LB
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 27, 2008 at 11:49 am

Don't worry midtown. The new Stanford employees won't be able to afford to live in Palo Alto or anywhere close.


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 27, 2008 at 12:25 pm

LB - excellent response. As a midtown resident, why do I care? I would think people that live / work near Stanford and Sand Hill Road should be concerned, but its not like Middlefield Road is the driveway to into Stanford.


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Posted by Jeremy Loski
a resident of Ventura
on Feb 27, 2008 at 12:53 pm

Citizen, The fact is that there is a core group of very vocal anti-growth activists from the Midtown and Barron Park Neighborhood Associations that pounce on any development they see adding people to our community.

Their goal is to stop our city's growth in its tracks - or delay process - which ultimately costs new residents substantial increases in new home prices, and keeps us from developing a diverse stable of developers, instead of the inbred group that currently exists. IN an irony of major proportions, these vocal anti-growth activists have created their own worst nightmare - i.e. development groups that adapt to, and anticipate, their every move, while learning to circumvent outsized delay and obfuscation. As a result, we're left with massive housing inefficiencies.

There seemed no appreciation among these activists (a small group, not the entire membership the the neighborhood associations in question) about the great benefits that Stanford brings to Palo Alto.

In fact, if one digs deep enough, one will find that a large part of the motivation for Stanford going to Redwood City was *because* of the resistance of these small groups against growth.

As a result, Palo Alto has lost the *benefits* of attracting 120,000 patients, who will go to it's soon to open Redwood City Facility, instead of Palo Alto.

Yes, there is a cost to growth - nobody is arguing that as a fact. But there are also ways to scale growth so that it's impacts are minimal.

We need new thinking about these issues, with more diverse ideas in place than we've been getting from the same old places, for years, with poor results.






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Posted by Jack
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 27, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Jeremy makes an interesting point. People should not ask sensible and important questions. Just because Stanford knows exactly how many square feet it needs for its various activities, how should it know where thousands of new people will live? DUH!


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Posted by John
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 27, 2008 at 10:39 pm

I think the leadership in midtown is scrambling to find a cause. Since so many of their previous causes have fallen on deaf ears at City Hall, they are now attacking Stanford. They are very misguided, I hope they lose.


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Posted by Marvin
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Feb 28, 2008 at 6:44 am

Stanford should have told Peggy Kenny and Sheri Furman that they were planning to build high-rise apartments surrounding their respective homes, that would have given them something to worry about.
Maybe now all of the neighborhood associations will want to meet with Stanford to find out where the 2000 new workers will be living. I suggest that Stanford get a crystal ball, since that will give them as much of a chance for a definite answer as anything else.


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Posted by Sheri Furman
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 28, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Thanks, all, for your personal attacks on my efforts on behalf of the Midtown residents. Always nice to see volunteer efforts rewarded. FYI, MRA organized the meeting because it was an issue residents expressed an interest in. And I did not attack Stanford; I asked a question about the traffic impacts from increased patients and visitors. Are you really saying we should not ask questions simply because it's Stanford Hospital? And remind me of the "benefits" to Palo Alto of attracting 120,000 patients.


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