What would Palo Alto be like if Stanford wasn't our neighbor?
Original post made by Sierra, Evergreen Park, on Jul 29, 2010
It was interesting to see the comments in my last post about hp and the housing "crisis" (which is a crisis only because we're afraid to innovate and change), especially all the posturing against Stanford - helped by Stanford critics employing "City code this, and City code that". Uh, who made up these codes? It wasn't Stanford; that's for sure.
What the anti-Stanford crowd doesn't appreciate is the fantastic intellectual and ethnic diversity; cultural opportunity; sporting entertainment; educational excellence; engine of innovation and investment; medical services; etc. etc. that Stanford brings to the Palo Alto table.
Just what would Palo Alto be without Stanford? Answer (again): BORING!
And, as a quick aside, why is it that the very same people who grumble about Stanford and housing are always the first ones to oppose affordable housing along transit paths, and other ideas that would help solve congestion, get people out of their cars, etc. etc.?
If we want Palo Alto to remain a center of anything, we'd better stop trying the hand that feeds us, because it's also the hand that is largely responsible for the success that so many in Palo Alto take unearned credit for. It's time to wake up and smell the future, folks. Let's get on with the Stanford project!