Town Square

One good thing?

Original post made by OneGoodThing? on Nov 26, 2007

I used to live in Palo Alto a while ago ...

When I read these forums - its very clear that the netizens are not happy with the city government. Every other post has complaints against the mayor, city website, police department .. you name it, its there.

Is there one good thing that the City has done right? There are 10 others that the city "could" fix - but what about the "one" that has been fixed already?

Why do people want to move into Palo Alto after paying millions for run down properties?


Posted by Jarred, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 26, 2007 at 7:31 pm

Haven't you heard? The city recently introduced an "improved" website that everyone "likes" a lot, although there is a small disgruntled subset consisting of 98% of the users who think it sucks royally.

Posted by Grandma, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 26, 2007 at 7:59 pm

One good thing, "Why do people want to move into Palo Alto" - it's the schools stupid!!!!

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 26, 2007 at 8:08 pm

People move to Palo Alto because of the people already here. Schools do not work miracles, but families that value education will make any school look good. Those families move here, in spite of the foolishness at City Hall, because of us.

Posted by James, a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 26, 2007 at 8:26 pm


Exactly. You nailed it.

Posted by a long time resident, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Nov 26, 2007 at 10:34 pm

No question it is the schools. Or they are uninformed about most things going on in the city. Or they are developers or people supporting developers who plan to move to Portola Valley, etc as soon as their business is done here. Or they are exectives of the big companies looking out for the companies to be sure they don't pay taxes and can do what is good for the company and the private enclave they live in.

Posted by Periwinkle, a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 26, 2007 at 11:11 pm

Hey, I moved here because of the great weather, nice neighborhoods, walkability, intelligent people, etc. etc. Why all the negativity?

Posted by Terry, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 27, 2007 at 12:24 am

I agree with Periwinkle. I am not thrilled with how the city is run and there are definitely a bunch of things that need to be improved - but it's the people who make the place. I like to think that ALL we have to do is fix City government and make some policy & facility improvements, and this place will really kick butt!