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More Supporting Evidence Building Infill Housing

Original post made by Mike, College Terrace, on Apr 5, 2008

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It appears that "being where the action is" trumps living in the bucolic suburbs. This is a reality that has always been with us.

Add to this reality the myth that we can continue to sustain suburban sprawl, and we are left with a perfect foundation for discussing how to bring more people closer to the core.

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Posted by a long time resident
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 5, 2008 at 6:01 pm

College Terrace is a suburb!

Why hasen't Mike moved to the dense Hyett Development. Or to a high rise development downtown.

Guess he likes his suburban area.

Portola Valley should be ripe for high density high rise buildings I guess if that's what people want.


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Posted by T
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm

"It appears that 'being where the action is' trumps living in the bucolic suburbs."

My interpretation, after reading this article, is that "being where the action is" trumps living in the bucolic suburbs when economics and/or business development is a key concern. Since many people place a higher value on other concerns, I don't see how this article is going to serve as a catalyst for change.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 5, 2008 at 11:09 pm

"after reading this article, is that "being where the action is" trumps living in the bucolic suburbs when economics and/or business development is a key concern"

And haven't we been hearing quite a bit lately about how we are going to afford to pay for infrastructure, and create new revenues? Maybe you're insulated from the challenges that our city faces, but many thousands of others are not.

My bet is that most Palo Altans, especially the 500 households that are cycling in here every year will have a different take on this problem than you do.


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Posted by Tim
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Mike, in-fill housing and 'mass' housing require "mass transit" to move people around from point A to point B. Mike, are you an advocate for or an employee of Cities 21 <www.cities21.org? This so-called non-profit under the umbrella of the San Francisco Foundation researches and advocates mass transit - and there is big money in both - housing and mass transit. This organization has zeroed in on Palo Alto and a few other communities. A well known 'researcher' in this group proposed a chair lift type 'people mover' from the California Avenue Caltrans station to H-P then over to the Gunn area and back to the train station. It would have cost $50 million for starters. Interested readers should go to <www.cities21.org> and read it - all of it. Also going to the website for The San Francisco Foundation and its board of directors is worth the effort.


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Posted by joel
a resident of Ohlone School
on Apr 6, 2008 at 3:12 pm



If your gym routine could use a kick in the pants, try The Condoleezza Rice No-Excuses Workout, detailed in May's Fitness magazine.

The secretary of state, 53, gets up at 4:30 a.m. six days a week and hits the home treadmill or elliptical trainer for up to an hour of interval training (while watching ESPN's "SportsCenter").




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Posted by T
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 6, 2008 at 8:57 pm

Mike, reread my post. You assume that you know my position on this subject but nowhere have I stated it. My point was simply that I do not see how the article you quoted can do what you seem to want, which is to serve as a catalyst for change. Or to phrase it differently, I do not see how that article will change anyone's opinion or position on the subject. The folks whose interests are primarily economic/business-related may already support infill housing. For those whose interests run in a different direction, that article does not present a compelling argument to get them to change their mind... at least, in my opinion.


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Posted by T
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 6, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Tim, thanks. Those websites provided the contextual information I was missing.


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