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Monroe Park

Original post made on Jul 16, 2011

When Bill and Hollie Halpin decided to leave their home in San Jose for Palo Alto, they searched meticulously for a community where they could settle down permanently and raise their three young children. After scouting local neighborhoods, interviewing residents, and interviewing the police for crime statistics, they settled on Monroe Park.

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Posted by herzing girl
a resident of Monroe Park
on Jul 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm

"Monroe Park" and the character and VALUE of this neighborhood was created by my parents, Margaret and Richard Herzing.
My parents bought the home my Mom still lives in, in 1954. It was unincorporated Santa Clara Co. at time. In early 1960's both Palo Alto and Mtn.View were vying to annex this area. After research, my father determined that Palo Alto's values were more in keeping with his. He and my Mom began neighborhood meetings and passed petitions to get Palo Alto to expand to include Monroe Dr. Other neighbors fought, thinking Mtn. Views more lax code would allow them short terms profits.
Again, when Palo Alto wanted the empty lot that is NOW Monroe Park to become part of an expressway across Stevens Creek (now a ped and bike bridge)my parents jumped into action. What would have been a dangerous street cutting this quiet neighborhood in half; is now a safe and quiet place to walk and play.
When my parents discovered they were paying for sewers, street lights and sidewalks that Palo Alto didn't deliver, they again went to work: septic systems became the sewer system that's allowed recent buyers to expand grossly (new generations need to work for sidewalks et al as my parents aged, tired and Mr. Herzing, the catalyst, died in 2005).

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