"1001 Page Mill Road is a four-building project surrounded by a park-like setting in Stanford Research Park." This is the enticing description (found on the Mozart Development Group's Web site (Web Link) of one of Palo Alto's largest business complexes.
What is not described is the macabre springtime scenario that each year plays out when mating pairs of mallards happily wander the lovely grounds of the 1001 Page Mill Road site and then attempt, individually, in pairs and with their ducklings, to cross Hanover Street to reach 1501 Page Mill Road, HP labs' lawns. These crossings most often end in tragedy, as this is an extremely busy intersection.
As a commuting cyclist traversing this intersection daily, I have been an unhappy witness for five years running to this repeating and maddening scenario for which all the most likely and responsible humans deny responsibility and over which they claim they have no control.
It is completely irresponsible of the property owners to create such a faux "country garden" spot in the service of "aesthetics" that entices whatever wildlife remains in this particular area to drink non-potable water and be slaughtered on the busy roads immediately adjacent.
What will it take to remedy this situation?