Please stop Paving Paradise and Putting up a .....
Original post made by Resident on Jun 14, 2013
I loved Mitchell Park library and agree it needed updating, but to an ugly monstrosity?
Rickys Hyatt was full of character, what we have now has nothing.
Paly was a lovely campus with green grass, trees and a bit of quirkiness mixed in. It is being built up and the old buildings will look so out of place in the modern design - if you can find them.
I have nothing against change, updating, and getting rid of buildings that no longer do their job. But, please, please, please, can we still maintain something of the things we valued when we moved here.
It can't be that difficult to design something with character. It can't be that difficult to give some interest rather than blank walls that are reminiscent of prison blocks. Please stop the ugly and give us somewhere to breathe.
on Jun 14, 2013 at 11:22 am
You have to admit, it was pretty ugly before right? Someone once aptly described south Palo Alto as the perfect set for a 60's - 70's retro movie, and who could argue. Not much worth preserving in my view. We can discuss whether the new stuff is any good - mixed reviews so far, but have to wait till the landscaping grows in - but keeping the "quirky" old stuff, no thanks.
on Jun 14, 2013 at 11:28 am
I'd disagree with the Paly comment. Yes it is getting built up. But the buildings' exterior design will reflect the tile roof and stucco finish that gives the campus its overall appeal. Be patient and wait for the final product.
on Jun 14, 2013 at 9:20 pm
I am not as confident about Paly, but will wait and see. Pleased somebody seems more optimistic.
As I drive around town, I continually see ugly buildings with less frontage and setback. A few spindly trees which never seem to grow any bigger, and a park the size of a handkerchief with perhaps a picnic table and little or no shade, none of which seem to have appeared like the artist's impressions foretold.
As much as the parking lot and traffic flow is a mess at Town & Country, at least the makeover kept the original feel. I hope that the original feel of other areas can be salvaged too.