Large developments and scarce resources
Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 20, 2007
Climate change will make scarce resources, clean water, viable agricultural land even scarcer. Do we want our agricultural land to shrink because we in the Bay Area are insisting that we need more housing and more development and therefore we will use more water and energy? Do the people who say California and the Bay Area have to grow take into consideration the choice we will have to make between water for agricultural land and water for residential/business use? I want to buy food locally, breath clean air and keep our living costs down. The oil spill in the Bay only made a bad situation worse - the Bay is already polluted from runoff from homes and businesses. We need to grow slowly, managing what we have in Palo Alto not build giant projects - the housing project at El Camino and Charleston Road, the 530 housing units
and 6,500 sq. ft. of neighborhood commercial uses to be developed on the former Hewlett Packard/Mayfield Mall site, the Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life, Build Housing, the expansion at the Stanford Medical Center, a bigger police building, a bigger library at Mitchell Park. Why are we doing this?