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The Color of Palo Alto is ... up for a public vote?

Original post made on Aug 6, 2008

The Color of Palo Alto is green, naturally. But is it a bright, vibrant green? A refined, husky green? And not to confuse things, but it could also be a slate blue, a charcoal gray, navyish blue or even olive.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 7, 2008, 4:13 PM

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Posted by Priorities
a resident of Professorville
on Aug 6, 2008 at 9:27 am

Fascinating project, from a creative perspective. But honestly...what a colossal waste of money.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 6, 2008 at 1:13 pm

"But the project would also be environmentally friendly, ensuring The Color of Palo Alto would embody greenness, even if it emerged as blue or yellow."

I guess this is what it is really all about, as if it really mattered what the color of Palo Alto is anyway. The real average color is almost certainly a muddy brown. Maybe next we can have Christos wrap all of Palo Alto in its color.

Reading the quotes from the article, I would say recreational drug use is as big now as it ever was.


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Posted by eric
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 6, 2008 at 1:55 pm

The color of Palo Alto is the same as that of belly button lint. This article proves that.


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Posted by Gus L.
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 6, 2008 at 2:08 pm

What a waste of my money, they should be ashamed for doing this.
This city amazes me sometimes with the wasteful way id does things.
Oh, And by the way, Your utilities are going up to pay for this stupid program.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2008 at 2:50 pm

This is already out of date, we have had our house painted recently and the color changed.

What a waste of time and money and who cares anyway?


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Posted by parent
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 6, 2008 at 2:55 pm

I would like to know how much tax money was spent on this project. Does anyone know? I can think of so many better ways to spend it - potholes, schools, parks.......


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Posted by Artist
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 6, 2008 at 3:36 pm

The article says $35,000 from the city. And HP gave 40,000 because he promotes the use of their technology. How this got into the Philanthropy budget is another question. Maybe no one else wanted it.
Yates really enjoys the spotlight. Creative? yes, Interesting? No. Waste of an enormous amount of energy.


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Posted by R Wray
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 6, 2008 at 4:33 pm

The "color" was supposedly a scientific question to be answered by measurements. It ends up that Kant has his way again, and reality is to be determined by popular vote.


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Posted by Jane
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 6, 2008 at 6:31 pm

Another fine example of the lack of budgetary responsibility and discipline with our tax dollars under the leadership of our former city manager. Still, if we paid for it with our utility bills, it is peanuts compared to the $20 million utilities paid to Enron for energy we never got. Besides, it's always fun to make "feel-good" decisions when some else is paying.


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Posted by Tina
a resident of another community
on Aug 6, 2008 at 7:58 pm

The tale is a cross between "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "Stone Soup."


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Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 6, 2008 at 10:48 pm

$35,000! Please take down that ugly box in front of city hall. It keeps reminding me of what a waste this "project" was.


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Posted by Michael Mulcahy
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 6, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Yates provides a vibrant, fast break dialog along with a witty approach to statistics and color theory, then out pops the Colors of Palo Alto, put into a democracy context no less, the Palo Alto process clearly underway. Another five-star art accomplishment for Yates. Many will stay intrigued about the ultimate result. Let the people vote to discover their favorite shade of green! Michael


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Posted by Bummer
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 7, 2008 at 6:37 am

I thought the color of Palo Alto would turn out to be gold. What a bummer. I looking to blame someone. Anyone.
Zest aside - we in Palo Alto do not know how our money is wasted - look all around you. Do you see the hugh budget that we have for this city?


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Posted by Aaron
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 7, 2008 at 8:40 am

I thought that Diamond was at the post. Please warn me next time. I saw her mug and almost loss my breakfast.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Aug 7, 2008 at 9:47 am

it should be the same shade of green as our currency.

fitting, i think, when you consider just how much it costs to live here.


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Posted by Enough already
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 7, 2008 at 11:04 am

If the purpose of a vote is to keep this project in the news, I suggest not voting. Enough already of this attention seeking man and his project.


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Posted by a working artist
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 7, 2008 at 11:33 am

I agree exactly with the "Emperor's New Clothes" analogy. A totally irrelevant question asked; What is the color of Palo Alto? What a colossal waste of public and private funding. This money could have been funneled into saving school arts programs.


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Posted by Pragamatic
a resident of Duveneck School
on Aug 8, 2008 at 8:05 am

Rediculous. Likely the color of Palo Alto is the same as 99% of the cities in the country. Who's responsible and what were they thinking?


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Posted by Senor Blogger
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 8, 2008 at 8:13 am

The Color of Palo Alto is TRANSPARENT

get it?


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Posted by Grandma
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 8, 2008 at 8:56 am

This is one of the biggest wastes of money our City has ever invested in. The Color of Palo Alto was an idea of our over-funded Art Commission. Let's reduce their budget and put the money to work on infrastructure.

Frankly, the colors are similar to baby's poop!!!


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Posted by alex
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 8, 2008 at 9:54 am

It's easy to criticize spending money on this. Remember though, that the reason your houses are worth so much is because you live in a creative and effective community. Boring, practical people live in places like Danville. We take chances around here. Same thing goes for our sculptures that people love to demean.


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Posted by Mathias
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 8, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Did you ever think that all the city wanted is to see what we are doing with our houses.
Big Brother - Did you get a permit to paint your house the color of Palo Alto!
This money that was spent on the wrong project!


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Posted by mr woodman
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 8, 2008 at 3:29 pm

It's sad that a truly brilliant art project conceived to bring a community together will be left in the hands of that same community to deride as a waste of the public treasury. If this project has a failing it will be that the cynical among us were asked to comment.


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Posted by Bud
a resident of The Greenhouse
on Aug 9, 2008 at 9:20 am

This entire project calls for yet another Palo Alto investigation, to be followed by an investigation of the investigation, perhaps even an investigation of the investigation of the investigation, a court-ordered forced release by the City Attorney's Office of all related documents through a law suit filed under the Freedom of Information Act, finally concluded by the inevitable out of court settlement and issuance of a bland press release about "moving on" and ending a "distraction". That's the Palo Alto Way.


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Posted by Jane
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 9, 2008 at 3:46 pm

I am all for Public Art. I am also for Teaching Art in schools. The Color of Palo Alto is How much money can we get out of the Treasury.


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Posted by Jordan
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 10, 2008 at 6:52 pm

Palo Alto Is a joke.. They spend money on this and none on getting the mentaly ill to get help.


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Posted by readthestorybeforeyoucomplain
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2008 at 11:04 pm

the city of pa did NOT put any funds into this project - it was privately funded - all of this constant complaining is getting very old!!


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Posted by Geoff
a resident of Southgate
on Aug 12, 2008 at 9:18 am

I sincerely hope that none of my neighbors paint any part of their house any of the three "final" colors. They're ugly!

Hey, and Alex, your comment about Danville? For all I know, their residents may be "boring" and "practical" as you claim, but at least they didn't build an Opportunity Center and attract the dregs of society to THEIR town.


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Posted by more city waste
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 12, 2008 at 9:47 am


readthestorybeforeyoucomplain: As you can see from the article below the city of PA gave at least $10,000 for this project

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