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Mosque for Palo Alto?

Original post made by Resident on Oct 15, 2007

According to the Daily and KLIV news radio, there will soon be a mosque built on San Antonio Road (near the JCC?) with donations from one family. John Barton, our city councilor, will be the architect.

PA Weekly, were is your news?

Comments (21)

Posted by joyce, a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 16, 2007 at 7:41 am

Sounds like a good thing...


Posted by Marvin, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Oct 16, 2007 at 9:07 am

But it will create too much traffic on San Antonio Road.
That is why we need traffic calming on san Antonio. Trucks need to re-routed to Embaracadero Road


Posted by Not so happy, a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2007 at 9:14 am

John Barton never promised not to get richer by way of his "community service."


Posted by just thinking, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2007 at 12:19 pm

I have to go with Marvin
The monsterous multitude of Moslems will back up traffic to .......... welll maybe Louis.


Posted by Marvin, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Oct 16, 2007 at 12:43 pm

Just thinking---I would love to see traffic on San Antonio backed up to Louis Road (of course Louis and San Antonio do not intersect....)

Do not forget the new JCC there also.

Our city politicians, who mainly in north PA, have done a good job keeping traffic out of their neck of the woods--now it is time for them to share in the burden--open Embarcadero to commercial traffic


Posted by Share the traffic mess, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 16, 2007 at 1:32 pm

I agree with Marvin. At certain times San Antonio is gridlock, backed up from Middlefield to Alma--and the JCC, HP housing and the Mosque haven't even been built yet. How do we get Embarcadero and Oregon to also become a truck route? It's the same old, same old, North vs. South.


Posted by just thinkin, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2007 at 3:25 pm

back-ups always stay of main feeders, never sides street per Marv


Posted by Marvin, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Oct 16, 2007 at 3:27 pm

Just Thinkin'--

"back-ups always stay of main feeders, never sides street per Marv"

Huh????


Posted by anonymous, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 16, 2007 at 5:09 pm

FYI Embarcadero is a mess, traffic-clogged, especially if you are a North Palo Altan actually needing to get on the freeway either direction...


Posted by OhlonePar, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 16, 2007 at 11:26 pm

Embarcadero has three schools on it and a bunch of houses whose driveways back out right onto Embarcadero. People don't back out directly onto San Antonio and Oregon, they do onto Embarcadero. They're not comparable arteries.


Posted by Marvin, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Oct 17, 2007 at 7:12 am

The are both two lane in each direction thoroughfares that go from one side of PA directly. They are both major arteries in the city.
It is time for Oregon Expressway and Embarcadero Road to start handling it's share of commercial traffic in the city. I realize that the city big shots live in North Palo Alto and our mayor lives on Embarcadero Road, but there is still no excuse for all the commercial traffic to be sent on San Antonio.
It's time for South Palo Alto to benefit from the things that residents of other neighborhoods have had for years (i.e. traffic calming, no commercial traffic etc).


Posted by eric, a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 17, 2007 at 10:11 am

Are you folks aware of exactly where this site is? I dont think it will impact traffic at all! It is NOT on the nasty, impacted stretch of SA, but on a frontage road!!

What are the peak hours for a mosque? Do they really conflict with existing traffic? Wouldnt other commercial development cause more traffic? Didnt another church just open up in that area a few months ago?


Posted by Joey, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Oct 18, 2007 at 10:31 pm

This is great: A mosque next to the new Jewish community center!
A great opportunity for dialogue between the communities.


Posted by vote watcher, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 22, 2007 at 11:23 am

The main prayer in a mosque where people congregate is on Fridays about noon time. This is also a mosque for a sect so not all muslims will be going there. I do not see a traffic issue there.

As being next to the JCC, I think it is a great idea and a great location. Let them resolve issues peacefully.


Posted by ellen fox, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Nov 18, 2007 at 1:21 pm

The mosque is described as being built with funds from an annonymous donor from New Jersey. In light of the known anti-American teachings that emanate from many mosques in this country I would like to know more about the goals of this mosque.


Posted by Brian Alexander, a resident of another community
on Nov 18, 2007 at 6:34 pm

[Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


Posted by Anon, a resident of University South
on Nov 18, 2007 at 8:11 pm

As a conservative, libertarian, Jewish person living in PA, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to the new mosque and it's congregation (is this the correct term?). I'd also like to apologize for some of the rude comments above, and hope the project goes very well. Congratulations on the new mosque.

As a resident who lives on the same block as one church, with several others in close proximity, I think houses of worship are great neighbors. So, a few times a week there will be more cars for a period of time. The rest of the time things will be quiet, with the exception of weddings and other events. In general, I think the traffic issue is much overblown in PA, as well as the North vs South propagandists. I live in the North, and am happy when good things happen anywhere in PA or (gasp) even in surrounding communities. Is the traffic impact of one house of worship really going to compare with, say, Stanford University? How about the new hospital? What about the Hyatt Rickies development site? If anything should get a "pass" in my opinion, it is a relatively low-traffic-impact religious institution.


Posted by ALi, a resident of Egan Middle School (Los Altos)
on Oct 10, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Sounds great, looking forward to go there


Posted by voiceofreason, a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 6, 2010 at 7:34 am

Have you ever wonder why Muslims need buildings higher than anything around them?
Web Link
I believe that the city of Palo Alto has made a mistake by permitting to build this 60+ feet mosque and that decision should be reviewed, especially since it violates the city own ordinance.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2010 at 9:15 am

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" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

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"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













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"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
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"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













v"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke













vv"If Con is the Opposite of Pro"
" Is Congress the Opposite of Progress?"

NYC on Madison Ave













"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good
people to do nothing." Edmund Burke







Another issue. I have seen pictures (but I can't download them here) of how a Mosque on Madison Avenue in New York regularly blocks the street with overflow worshippers praying outside the mosque regularly every Friday afternoon, blocking sidewalks and streets. It seems that the Mosque encourages many more worshippers than the Mosque holds to come and pray on Friday afternoons and does nothing to prevent them from blocking traffic.






Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2010 at 9:17 am

Ooops, sorry about that. I was trying to download pictures and nothing appeared to be happening. It seems something did happen. Sorry.


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