Editorial: Toxics don't belong next to homes
Original post made on Apr 28, 2012
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on Apr 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm
Barron Park was not developed after Varian. My family bought their home in Barron Park in 1942 .
on Apr 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm
Barron Park was not officially a part of Palo Alto until 1976, when the Annexation was completed.
on Apr 29, 2012 at 10:26 am
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Posted by Douglas Moran, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on April 28, 2012 at 3:27 a.m.
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"And while Barron Park was developed after Varian built its facility,..." (paragraph 3):
This is highly misleading. The issue of who moved in next to who is important factor because the false inference licensed gives has given rise to false assessments and arguments.
While the overall Barron Park neighborhood had significant development after Varian built its facility, the section closest to that facility was one of the earliest areas in BP to develop and already had substantial residential development by that time. The dates I have seen for the creation of the Stanford Research Park is 1951, with the Varian facility dated as 1953 or 1957.
According to a database compiled by Barron Park historian Douglas Graham, of the 73 current residential properties on the street (Chimalus) adjacent to the facility, 49 were already had homes built by 1950 (67%), with another 9 in 1951-52, and 6 in 1954-57 (cumulative 79% and 88% respectively).
One block over on Matadero (from El Camino to Laguna), there are 57 residential properties (excluding the apartments). 34 (60%) had houses by 1950; 41 (72%) by 1953, 48 (84%) by 1957.
The Varian/CPI HazMat operation moved in next to a well established residential neighborhood, both in the beginning of the SRP and when CPI greatly expanded it by moving in a operation previously located in an industrial park in San Carlos.
Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton, 17 hours ago
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Remember that even oxygen in high concentrations is very toxic, even fatal.
The issue is not toxicity but the manner in which a particular chemical entitiy is stored and processed.