Posted by Long Time Resident, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Sep 2, 2007 at 9:56 pm
Matt - that was a fabulous story!
Your parents must be very proud of you.
I would not hesitate in writing you as many recommendations as you need for college.
You are a truly a gifted writer.
Your factual research combined with true emotions are qualities which are rarely seen (especially on this forum).
I will miss this building too.
I have been using it for almost 50 years.
I think that some people on this forum may have been quick to write their opinions before knowing the history.
They may be happy to see the building demolished, when (in reality) they may be happier to see the old Walgreens go, the Sandwich Shop, and the homeless sitting outside.
I will miss the building for what it stood for through the years. With it, I feel a bit of myself will be torn down too.
The building was not maintained in a historical way. The existing shops were out of place.
I just returned from the East Coast, where I saw many cities make sure that the new businesses fit into the historical structures so well that at times I had a difficulty locating a Rite Aid because I drove by it several times, thinking it was just another one of the historical buildings on the main street. Garish new buildings were not allowed in these busy little towns.
Many towns were able to preserve their original quaint character, yet still have the modern stores within the town.
I hope that the architect for the new building has something like that in mind.
Maybe they can plan to design a new building similar to one which was destroyed, and reference your historical photos and data in the planning.
Thanks again for the great report!