Posted by E.B., a resident of the Meadow Park neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2007 at 8:50 am
I am in total agreement with this post.
We need to work together as a community to build a community - one that properly balances housing, parks, shopping and schools. We are in danger of getting so out of balance that fixing the problem could prove expensive if not impossible.
The Alma Plaza debate is a great example of the community falling victim to a decision making process that is quickly breaking down, and not properly serving the needs of the people who live here.
What we really need to do is to hammer out new zoning rules that ensure that we have enough schools, services and space and that they can be paid for within the framework of a reliable tax base. That's how this community was built, and that's how it will stay the terrific place to live that it is. If we fail to put in place an intelligent plan for the next century, then we will likely lose our ability to meet the needs of the next generation of Palo Altans.
I am by no means against development - but development should add to our quality of life, not detract from it. The primary criterion for any planning decision should be, Does it make things better? Every new child who moves into Palo Alto (and I know we greet every child that moves into our neighborhood with great excitement) should be able to go to school in his or her neighborhood, and sit in a classroom that's not bursting at the seams. And that child's mother shouldn't have to drive
cross town to buy a quart of milk. Is that too much to ask?