World Music Day to bring road closures to downtown Around Town, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jun 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm
Downtown Palo Alto will have traffic closures during World Music Day on Sunday, June 17, when as many as 25,000 people are expected to descend on University Avenue and City Hall, police said. Related story:
[Web Link Feature story: Face the music and dance]
Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 14, 2012, 1:43 PM
Posted by reader, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm
Poor poor job from many event planners here. Palo Alto is too small to not do due diligence when planning for enormous crowds like this. A shame. Makes the weekend miserable for us residents just trying to live our normal lives.
Posted by Stanford and Downtown Fan, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Jun 15, 2012 at 10:13 am
Such craziness! In that the poor planning or absence of planning altogether diminishes the potential enjoyment of all involved in either event. I agree that one would have assumed that the City of Palo Alto was in the loop about Stanford events, such that they could schedule these special events (and they could be special if planned better) around them.
Posted by svatoid, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 15, 2012 at 10:16 am
"I agree that one would have assumed that the City of Palo Alto was in the loop about Stanford events, such that they could schedule these special events (and they could be special if planned better) around them."
Palo alto is more than happy to collect the tax revenue from Stanford visitors that stay, shop and eat in Palo Alto.
Maybe this year those visitors will stay away from Palo alto and give their business to our neighbors to the north and south.
Posted by ap, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm
World Music Day is an annual event that occurs every Father's Day. This year the two happen to coincide. Deal with it and stop complaining about everything. Maybe join in on the music. It is a wonderful event.
The City is not the coordinator or primary sponsor of the event, so stop blaming the City. It is put on by private citizens/organizations and lots of volunteers. Stop blaming the City of PA. There is a city liaison from the Rec dept. to help things run smooth.
Posted by PA Resident, a resident of the Embarcadero Oaks/Leland neighborhood, on Jun 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm
While World Music Day may be organized by volunteers and is a wonderful event - an individual can't close the streets in Palo Alto only the City can. It has only been an "annual event" for a couple years, no where near as long as Stanford Graduation (which is often on Father's Day also). No one is denying it is a wonderful event, just VERY poor timing this year. BTW, the Palo Alto Music Day is is based on World Music Day in France which takes place on June 21st - so this event could have easily been planned for next weekend instead.
I feel very badly for the out of town visitors to both events and for the downtown restaurants that will loose the Graduation related business because visitors can't get there.
Posted by SW, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Jun 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm
@ PA Resident:
I totally agree about feeling badly for the out-of-town visitors, particularly those who might also be in the process of moving their graduates out of apartments, dorms, and houses, and in need of a celebratory dinner that is easy and relaxing. As well as the restaurateurs who will likely bear the brunt of the logistics-associated frustration. It seems to me that communication all the way around- including Stanford, the City of PA, and the event organizers, even if the event is sponsored by a private foundation and staffed by volunteers - would have yielded the most optimal outcome for all.
Posted by Sam A, a resident of Stanford, on Jun 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm
Incredibly poor planning to hold this the same day as graduation. Unbelievable. Unfortunately our next step will be to move our dinner reservations from downtown to another town, since we and the 80+ year old grandparents will have no way to get to the restaurant.
Posted by Just Say No, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Jun 15, 2012 at 7:58 pm
World Music Day needs to be held somewhere else. Palo Alto does not have to be the site for this event if the organizers insist on holding it the same weekend as Stanford's Commencement. Stanford's Commencement date through 2020 is publicly available.
Posted by relax, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm
Stanford graduation begins in the morning. The music event begins in the afternoon. What's the problem? Sam A, get a wheelchair for grandma and take a stroll to your restaurant, it's a rare chance to take in downtown without trafiic.
Posted by Bill, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Jun 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm
A bit of information. The 'general' all-school graduation is ( or used to be) in the morning (was in the stadium but I don't know if it still is) , then individual schools - Law, Medicine, various 'grad school' degrees, and separate undergrad degrees are done separately later and in the past were followed by luncheons given by the various schools.At least that's what happened in my day. And yes, traffic on University would have have been heavy, and yes, grad families would have patronized downtown for dinner. Note to City Hall: THINK!!