Stanford and Cal performing arts centers
Original post made by Marvin Lee on Oct 11, 2006
on Oct 11, 2006 at 11:56 pm
Marvin, I think that's wonderful news, but permit me to tarnish it a bit. :)
What happened between 1999, when Gary Fazzino announced the possibility of a PA-Stanford performing arts center? Essentially, nothing!
Our development people were asleep at the wheel; we didn't have city staff going for it (they had no direction, or leadership from Council on this). So what we end up with is a lost opportunity - again! What's new?
Sure, it's going to be great that Stanford has this center, but no one can tell me that if this city had mustered the political will and tapped private donors that that center wouldn't have been closer to the center of Palo Alto, and feeding all kindd of business here.
The commercial and educational fallout from a local site would have been nothing short of stupendous.
Instead, we have Stanford-Palo Alto initiatives that help Stanford sell football tickets.
When are we going to learn how to manage and GROW our city in a way other than by accident?
Don't get me wrong; I'm happy to have Stanford build the center on its campus - that's better than nothing, but what we lost by inaction, and lack of political will makes me cringe. What's worse, there is no way to bring this opportunity back. Between Stanford and Mt.View's Center for the Performing Arts, the local entertainment venue scene is all tied up.
Palo Alto is beginning to look like a once famous actress who has let herself go, unaware that neighbors are snikering as she prances down the street, thinking about the old days.
on Oct 12, 2006 at 12:17 pm
GO BEARS-- you know we do everything just a little bit better at UC Berkeley, and all for 1/3 the tuition.
on Oct 12, 2006 at 3:05 pm
yes, rly, you do do things better at Berkeley, like spam online forums with your blather - that's really bright, and reflective of intellectual status - NOT!
it's a darned shame that Palo Alto lost the opportunity to share in a co-op with Stanford on a Performing Arts Center - let's keep the thread on track