Eminent Domain and more is on the way for Palo Alto
Original post made by Parent, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2008
Property that backs to Paly's football field (which today is Caltrain easement) will be taken back. What will be the impact on Paly?
Are Palo Altan's aware that the high speed rail final Environmental Impact Report profile drawings already show the new tracks with a FIFTEEN FOOT SOLID WALL running halfway through Palo Alto past Paly, sloping gradually down to an 8 FOOT WALL past Charleston and down to San Antonio. This is a SOLID retained wall all the way through Palo Alto, with 4 lanes of tracks running on top, (that's 15 foot wall plus 15 foot trains and high voltage electrical infrastructure running ON TOP of that 15 foot wall.
Also, the volume of trains will go from about 100 Caltrains today, to about 250 or more daily (trains less than 5 minutes apart on all four tracks, - a CONSTANT parade of trains, 15 hours a day)
All crossing for HST must be below or above grade. But there are only 2 crossings drawn in currently - at Charleston and Churchill. East Meadow crossing gone.
The HST will mean a massive redrawing of traffic flows through Palo Alto. (By the way, who will pay for new crossings at Oregon, Embarcadero, University? Palo Alto? - Or do those crossings go away too?)
A Station in Palo Alto would mean paving over of El Camino Park for a high rise parking structure (in the current EIS). And a station CREATES massive influx of dense housing and major traffic arteries feeding into the station -stated as TRUTH in the EIS. (At levels like nothing we've seen in Palo Alto yet.) Do we have the city infrastructure to support this kind of massive dense growth? Is that what we want to turn our city into?
Our creeks, including the endangered San Fransisquito creek, and massive numbers of underground water resources are all negatively impacted.
All this and more is already in the FINAL environmental impact report!
Are Palo Altan's paying attention? Where the hell is our city council?