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The last refuge

Original post made on Jun 19, 2008

Remnant of a mid-century housing trend, Palo Alto's only mobile-home park still offers affordable housing

An eclectic blend of RVs, trailers, motor coaches and portable homes and 12 studio apartments, the 104-space Buena Vista Mobile Home Park is an easy place to miss.
Photos by Danielle Vernon/Palo Alto Weekly.

Related material:
  • A history of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park

  • How Buena Vista compares

    Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 3:08 PM
  • Comments (3)

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    Posted by Duane Nason
    a resident of Woodside
    on Jun 19, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Great to hear there's some affordable housing in Palo Alto.
    - Duane Nason


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    Posted by Art
    a resident of Barron Park
    on Jun 19, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    The Buena Vista Mobile is a blight in the south part of Palo Alto. This is not to say anything about the many fine folks who live there and who have made it their home, but rather about the visual appearance of the place itself. It looks terrible - fortunately it is mostly hidden behind the Valero gas station and the Blockbuster strip. But it adds one more element to the (to be polite) ugly architectural landscape along El Camino in Barron Park, which features empty quonset hut structures and vacant lots. It's a pity that over the years the City and other fair housing organizations had not been able to construct affordable housing structures for the people living there on this land, which would have provided them with attractive and comfortable living quarters - and a swimming pool.


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    Posted by Sue
    a resident of Barron Park
    on Jun 19, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Art, I've lived in the trailer park since 1995. The reason it appers to be blighted is because that is the way the owner wants it to look. If the city should declare it blighted, the owner would benefit from the redevelopment agency forcing redevelopment of the site. The owner has not planted one flower in all the time I've been here. Maintenance is deferred until something becomes dangerous to life and health. Anything that is broken is never repaired. The owner enjoys this place as a huge cash cow. Most of the occupants are hispanic and do not ever question what he requires of them. Since many have huge extended families overcrowding their trailers, he will charge them by the head, and most pay him in cash. He does not enforce any rules such as parking violations that have become dangerous as well. The overcrowding of the trailers is not something that the city, county or state will do anything about, each stating it is not their jurisdiction. There are so many safety violations here that I could go on and on and on. It is very difficult to even get the police to respond here to situations, and when they're asked to do so, they usually have no idea of the lay-out of the park. Seeking any type of remedies to the problems here is like pissing up a rope.


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