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Yes, Palo Altans are different.

Original post made by PA Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Sep 25, 2007

Just for the fun of it, I decided to follow the links on the home page to the Mountain View Voice and MP/Atherton Almanac and look at their Town Square Forums. Wow, what a difference. There are only a fraction of the number of topics we have and only appear to be a couple of dozen new comments a day. What is it with us? Do we care more? Are we more tuned in to technology, or what? I am beginning to believe that there is something about being Palo Alto that the other communities just don't have.

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Posted by GSB
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 25, 2007 at 2:53 pm

I don't think "care" is the right word.

More opinionated? Definately!


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Posted by logical
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 25, 2007 at 7:48 pm

We have a younger wealthy (read yuppie) population than the surrounding communities. Our residents have much more time on their hands than the surrounding communities, but much more importantly our residents have much more liberal guilt. Town Square manifests this in all the rants from these residents that can basically be boiled down to protecting everyone from their stupidity.


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Posted by JustWondering
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Sep 25, 2007 at 8:58 pm

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Posted by r smullyan
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 25, 2007 at 11:23 pm

There's an interesting paradox of a riddle: someone posts asking why the Palo Alto online forum is more active than neighboring forums. 'logical' takes the time to respond by saying PA residents have more time on their hands and more liberal guilt, demonstrated by their rants to protect everyone from their stupidity.
So where does this place 'logical'?


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Posted by logical
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 26, 2007 at 9:53 am

r smullyan,

Call it a rant if you want, but I'm not trying to protect anyone from their stupidity.

If this were, say, a bicycle thread, then yes I would be guilty of my own definition.


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Posted by cynic
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 26, 2007 at 10:04 am

Actually, Mountain View has a high percentage of apartment dwellers, so Voice readers tend to be younger than Palo Altans. And the Almanac is delivered to homes in Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, and Woodside--communities that are more affluent than Palo Alto. So the "younger, wealthy" argument doesn't hold.

I think the answer is that Palo Altans whine more, and believe someone else cares about their opinions.


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Posted by just thinking
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 26, 2007 at 2:14 pm

Higher level of expectations, lower level of realization of them, greater denial of what is really important to "us" over "me", confusion between financial cost ($$$) and value to our inner self...


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Posted by Logical
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 26, 2007 at 4:46 pm

Cynic,

I agree with your demographics. It's not youth or wealth alone, but the combination of the two that gives Palo Alto it's "character"

Just Thinking,

You hit the nail on the head! Best description of "yuppie" I've heard.


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Posted by DFT
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 26, 2007 at 5:30 pm

All it takes is a couple of trolls who post provocatively and aggressively to several threads to get everyone worked up. We have one or two of those and they account for much of the traffic. Much heat, not much light.
You get to recognize him if you read fairly regularly. He insults people he labels NIMBYs, no-growthers and people who don't see Palo Alto's future the way he does.
He's very sure about the future, unlike the rest of the human race.
DFT - don't feed the trolls.


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Posted by MP Resident
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 26, 2007 at 6:10 pm

Maybe if it were called Menloparkonline.com or mountainview.com, more people from those areas would blog it up!


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 26, 2007 at 6:55 pm

MP Resident

If you look at the top post, you will see that we are comparing the town square forums in Palo Alto online with those in the sister papers, MA Almanac and MV Voice. From the fact that you are reading our town square (which is flattering and shows that you appreciate good discussion so you are very welcome) you realise that we have something to offer that the other two cities don't seem to provide.


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Posted by MP Resident
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 26, 2007 at 7:32 pm

Thanks Resident...it was a little bit of a joke :-)
The Palo Alto Weekly is a much more utilized paper- I actually get it at my doorstep and have never received the Almanac! I assume many people in MP & MV don't frequent this site as much as PA residents due to the fact it is more of a Palo Alto website...that's all


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Just out of interest, I wonder how many hits we get each day on average on this site compared to our neighbors?

I remember sometime ago there was a survey that we had to answer before we could get access to the site and I would be interested to see what sort of responses were discovered from that survey also compared to our neighbors.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 12, 2008 at 8:24 pm

"He's very sure about the future, unlike the rest of the human race"

How do you know?


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