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Design plans for Roth Building get approval

Original post made on Feb 17, 2011

Plans to open the Palo Alto History Museum at the historic Roth Building at 300 Homer Ave. ramped up Wednesday when the city's Historic Resources Board unanimously approved design plans for the building's rehabilitation.

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Posted by Arch Conservative
a resident of Menlo Park
on Feb 17, 2011 at 10:59 am

I hope that they do devote a section to Fritz Roth- a truly exceptional man, doctor, friend and fervant backer of Stanford Athletics. He took great care of me whenI was at Stanford competing in Rugby and football,and after graduation also. His nurse- Nicky Farmer was a real jewel also.

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Posted by Bad-Idea
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm

This is a bad idea. There just isn't enough history here in Palo Alto to justify this sort of expense. It's only a matter of time before there will be demands made on the taxpayers to provide money to operate, or maintain, this building, in one way or another. This site also will not pay property taxes, so it will be asked for an indirect subsidy for everything from fire/police protection, to the Staff services that have been dedicated to the project in the past.

> Fritz Roth

It's unlikely that one Palo Altan in a hundred has ever heard of this person.

Given the massive impact on the future that the technology companies have played in the near past, it would have made more sense to try to put together a state-of-the-art virtual museum that embraced more than the very obscure Palo Altans that most have never known.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Feb 18, 2011 at 9:25 am

To Mr./Ms. "Bad-Idea" who complains that "It's unlikely that one Palo Altan in a hundred has ever heard of this person."

The Museum is especially important for you and others who may think we don't have any history worth knowing about. Those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it. museums are no substitute.

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Posted by Dennis
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 18, 2011 at 9:47 am

Given its proximity to Whole Foods, it seems a natural to have WF run the cafe as a public service with the PAHM providing volunteer staffing.

As to "Bad-Idea" - I concur with the sentiments of "neighbor" in so far as you will benefit most from learning about the history of Palo Alto.

I hope the cafe will have views of the park with some outdoor seating.

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Posted by neighborhood resident
a resident of University South
on Feb 19, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I love the idea of this museum and think it will be lovely having the rest of that block utilized... BUT - I would really rather they not change the area to two hour parking. The parking can be tight in the area on weekdays due to all the folks working downtown who park there and walk in -- but on weekends it's pretty easy peasy. I don't think the museum will be enough of a draw to substantially change that - and after spending a decade living in several different cities on streets with 1 or 2 hour parking -- I hate it! It is an endless hassle of keeping your vehicles' parking stickers up to date and having to shoo friends / guests / family out to move their cars every 2 hours when they are visiting.


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