Here's a thought-provoking article in the always-interesting "Metropolis Magazine" Web Link
here's a quote from the article:
"Portland, Oregon. Seattle, Washington. Vancouver, British Columbia. In these three Pacific Northwest cities, the progressive power of urban planning is taken very seriously, and concepts like livability and sustainability dominate the local civic culture to such an extent that to visit all three in rapid succession, as I did in October, is to drop in on another country. It's not the United States or Canada, but a more highly evolved combination of the two. "
How about considering some of these ideas for Palo Alto? One of newly-appointed Mayor Kishimoto's mandates is "innovation". I nominate some of the innovative ideas in this article for consideration by our policy makers and citizens.