Hyatt Rickeys vs JCC
Original post made by Paolo Rossi Altobelli on Sep 20, 2006
Anyone can shed some light? Thank you!
Paolo Rossi Altobelli
on Sep 20, 2006 at 5:44 pm
I personally would have liked to see Rickey's redeveloped as a hotel, and I support the JCC. Is there really any empirical evidence that more people supported one over the other?
on Sep 21, 2006 at 12:41 am
1) Critical mass - locals and non-locals - fantastic fund-raising execution and PR
2) 'Empathic' project - as the JCC, a tremendous resource for diversity and the community was lost when Terman was reassigned. The JCC was - in a manner of speaking - "owed" something by the community. i.e. a kind of 'sympathy' factor (totally justified, btw)
3) Tradition (no kidding)
4) Non-profit, with a socially redeeming mandate
5) Pushed all the right buttons
1) Typical neighborhood meddling - extreme micromanagement of process, including traffic surveys, etc. etc. - every developer's worst nightmare
2) Easier ti "pick on", than a non-profit that elicits sympathy. The JCC 'lost' something - the Hyatt people wanted to leverage an asset to increase their bottom line.
3) Council had no backbone - couldn't say "no" to small interest groups who threw the whole thing into an interminable "let's wait and see".
4) Insufficient intermediation by city developoment staff
5) Pushed all the wrong buttons - but the people whose buttons were pushed will hopefully start to take a back seat to those who are more reasonable about how to bring our city forward
on Sep 24, 2006 at 12:28 pm
JCC = Non-profit, visited by Palo Alto residents who are already living/driving in the area.
Rickeys = Large commercial corporation, visited by out-of-town visitors.