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Palo Alto Rated #8 Best City for Children to Live

Original post made by Resident on May 26, 2014

A national website ranks quality of life amenities of America's small and mid-sized cities. With its quality schools, numerous parks and libraries, Junior Museum and Zoo, and Children's Theatre, Palo Alto came in at #8 on the list.

The cities in the top 10 all give children opportunities to get a great education, live healthy lifestyles and engage in a multitude of activities with other kids.

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Comments (11)

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on May 26, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Tell the kids we're moving to Boise.

Posted by PA Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 27, 2014 at 12:59 am

Healthy lifestyle for children, perhaps, but not for teenagers, who are stressed-out and sleep-deprived from high school academics and resume-building. Teenagers are by definition, still children, but some Paly and Gunn teachers don't accept it and work them as if the are college students.

Posted by Another resident, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 28, 2014 at 9:42 am

Yes, it was great when the kids were little, but Paly was a nightmare, and that was mostly due to the teachers giving so much homework and such short deadlines that they had no recreation or downtime whatsoever. They actually found college to be easier than Paly!

Posted by No homework MIT grad, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 28, 2014 at 10:13 am

I never understand why our schools give so much homework. The kids get college level work, but in college, you're usually done taking classes by noon.

I'd like to at least give the option of a choice program with less homework and more balance.

Posted by Mr.Recycle, a resident of Downtown North
on May 28, 2014 at 9:48 pm

"numerous parks and libraries" - I wonder if they really examined the library situation in Palo Alto, if it still would have ranked 8.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 28, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

Numerous parks and libraries - yes, and a library *how* overdue for reopening? Is this article a joke? [Portion removed.]

Posted by Another resident, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 29, 2014 at 10:34 am

Whoever did this study to rank cities did not do their homework or research their topic very well. PA has become a nice place for billionaires, but for people with kids? Nah!

Once the kids are in school, their lives become hell.

The only reason we don't leave is that the IRS gets 25% of whatever profit we make on the sale of the house--leaving us with insufficient funds to buy down a mortgage elsewhere to where we have a very low payment to see us into retirement. and this is part of the cause of the local shortage of available homes for sale.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 29, 2014 at 10:41 am

Came across this video the other day, this shows the best way for a kid to grow up. OK, just my opinion but look at the way things have changed. Web Link

Posted by Aquamarine, a resident of Stanford
on May 29, 2014 at 11:11 am

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Posted by Oh, Please, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 29, 2014 at 9:48 pm

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Agree with others, however, that the high school rigor is too much for a public school. These teachers should realize how their grading impacts the college careers of students. Many of the young, new, passionate teachers do not understand this because they are control freaks and feel the students are taking advantage of them if they give too many "A"s. Sometimes parents have to do the work for their children to get "A"s. Sometimes parents do the work for their children and DON'T get "A"s - that's how challenging it is with some teachers.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 29, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

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