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Palo Alto's Third World roads

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Jun 20, 2012

My morning travels take me down Forest from Middlefield and then across Emerson to Lytton and back to Middlefield. These roads are a disgrace and worse than many I have travelled in the Third World.

How can Palo Alto even consider new projects, pay raises and other non-essential expenditures when it cannot even maintain its own streets?

Comments (10)

Posted by Outside Observer, a resident of another community
on Jun 20, 2012 at 10:05 am

Streets are for cars.

Cars bad.

Don't need streets.

Need 6 million dollar bike bridge!


Posted by Rebuild America, a resident of Los Altos
on Jun 20, 2012 at 10:54 am

1. In the middle of recession, materials are cheap, labor is cheap, companies will bid to do the jobs at a far more competitive price than in boom times.

2. Bad roads are costly - lost productivity to American businesses, wear and tear on trucks, buses, cars and people.

3. When the economy comes back, we'll need to do the delayed maintenance anyway, at a higher cost.

4. Repairing the infrastructure, to compete in the 21st century world economy, has to be done, or we are accepting that America cannot compete and is now a third world nations.

5. Borrowing costs are at record lows for our federal government.

6. Repairing infrastructure creates good jobs, which lead to jobs in other sectors and increased tax revenues.

Therefore, it's time for the feds to step in and invest in jobs, revenue creation and investing in America's future.

It's past a political argument at this point; with congress stalling on job creation for 3 1/2 years, they can now turn on the switch without any penalty - that is, giving Obama a better economy. As pointed out elsewhere, any investment now will no longer help Obama politically, the jobs created won't show up until after the election.

Let's rebuild America.

I'm not sure my body can take anymore of these jarring pothole shocks, let alone my truck.




Posted by curmudgeon, a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Where's your civic pride, people? City Hall wants to build a anaerobic garbage digester factory by our bay. Right, we don't need it -- our garbage is taken care of very well already -- but there's something much bigger at stake here. This is our chance to be the first (and maybe only) city on the peninsula to have one of these.

The money for this coup to come from somewhere. Broken streets and care for needy dogs and cats can wait.


Posted by C, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Yes in this part of the world we only care about trees trimming, green waste, Palo Alto Airport Business Plan.. Looking good!


Posted by still the same, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm

The roads are still the same 2014.


Posted by Robert, a resident of another community
on Apr 30, 2014 at 2:44 pm

So if most of the current homeowners are paying next to nothing in property taxes due to Prop 13, while at the same time, doing all they can to make sure as little new housing as possible is built, where do folks expect the money to come from?


Posted by Mr.Recycle, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 30, 2014 at 3:07 pm

@Robert - California has the highest marginal income tax, the highest sales tax, and the highest gas tax in the country, so maybe some of that money should go to infrastructure instead of bloated public employee pensions.


Posted by HUTCH 7.62, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 1, 2014 at 9:24 am

@ still the same

The roads have been 3rd world crappy in North Palo Alto since the 90's


Posted by So True, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 1, 2014 at 10:57 am

We have travelled all,over Europe and parts of Asia, and so far the only place with roads as bad as Palo Alto has been India!


Posted by So True, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 1, 2014 at 10:57 am

We have travelled all,over Europe and parts of Asia, and so far the only place with roads as bad as Palo Alto has been India!


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