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Commission: Palo Alto parks struggling to keep up with growth
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on Aug 30, 2014
With parking and traffic dominating Palo Alto's debate over a new "community vision," the Parks and Recreation Commission is urging the City Council in a memo to pay more attention to local parks, which commissioners say are struggling to keep up with the city's recent growth spurt.
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posted Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:03 AM
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Posted by boscoli
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 4, 2014 at 6:46 am
"You want crowds, shoppers, traffic. "
Me and many many people in the city. The city depends on crowds and shoppers ( and the traffic that comes with it) for revenue. And I have no problem wth it. In fact, I do not consider the crowds, shoppers or traffic to be a problem. Palo,alto,for years has marketed itself as a destination,
"What you want, in my opinion, most of Palo Alto residents don't want and they are getting progressively alarmed about the very unnecessary and greedy overdevelopment. "
It may be your opinion, but it is held by few.
"This a small town, geographically and in any other way, and greedy people and their enablers are trying to turn it into a big city, smelly, polluted, traffic congested, tense and ugly.."
Palo,alto is a city, not a town. Palo,alto,wants to be considered as being at the center of innovation etc. the term " greedy" is thrown around a lot by people who have no clue as to its proper usage. Palo,alto wants to be a " big city", but it is far from being smelly, polluted, congested or ugly."
This taken from your comments from yesterday. On top of that, you claim to know that Palo Altans want this town to become a big city, although I have to meet yet even one. Have you conducted a poll? If you you don't think that Woodside, Portola Valley, Atherton and Los Altos Hills have a much better quality of life, based on lower density, more peace and quite, more nature, cleaner air and less pollution, so be it.
Palo Alto does not depend on shopping, it was a fantastic place to live in when it was a small town, which in essence it has always been. It had been a center of innovation many years before the massive growth, and a much better place to live in. The revenues from retail aren't probably high enough to even repair the damage to the infrastructure that the traffic caused by shoppers is causing. Those who love big cities have two within less than an hour drive. Palo Alto isn't a big city, can't become one-not nearly enough buildable land, insufficient infrastructure, geographically impossible, It shouldn't become one, and it will never become one.
One last thing, if Woodside, Los Altos Hills,etc are bedroom communities, so is Palo Alto. The vast majority of Palo Altans work in the Valley and San Francisco.