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Original post made on Aug 31, 2011

Named for the Stanford professors who originally congregated there in the 1890s, Professorville is known for its 100-year-old late Victorian homes, arching oak trees and proximity to downtown. As Palo Alto's oldest residential neighborhood, the area even boasts national recognition as an official Historic District.

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Posted by butch cassidy
a resident of Professorville
on Aug 31, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Jarring the landscape ? what does that mean ? back to the old agenda (lets save our neighborhood from those nasty newcomers whose tastes differ from ours ) as long as we dont have to pay for it.

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Posted by Allen Akin
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Just to set the record straight, all that time and expense wasn't due to "fighting the HRB." It was due to the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) which the City decided to require after being sued as part of a different project.

The owner pays not only for his own house design and specialized legal advice, but also for City staff time and City-hired consultants that research and write the EIR. The EIR requires a minimum of two house designs (a primary and an alternate) and sometimes more. Usually an environmental consulting firm and an architectural/historical consulting firm are needed. All this takes a lot of time and runs up a stunning cost.

So yes, there was enormous difficulty, time, and expense. But the HRB wasn't even involved.

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