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Designers air visions for downtown changes

Renovated Lytton Plaza, new parking structure with bridge over High Street planned

by Becky Trout

Visions of a revitalized west downtown Palo Alto — with a new parking structure on High Street, revamped Lytton Plaza and a system of alleys-turned-paseos — were aired at a gathering of Palo Alto downtown leaders last Friday.

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Posted by Just wondering
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 8, 2008 at 3:12 pm

Still another parking structure?
What happened to all the parking under 800 High Street?

Posted by Jane
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 8, 2008 at 3:16 pm

What, we are going to provide additional opportunities for beggars and vagrants to pester us.

Unless PA starts moving these pests out of town we are going to see tax paying businesses moving out of town to Menlo Park.

Posted by Lois
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 9, 2008 at 8:02 am

They are removing the fountain at the end of California Avenue because vandals throw dye and detergents into it and it is used as a open air urinal. Now they're planning to build another one on Lytton Plaza - how ridiculous is that!!! You'd think they'd learned their lesson with fountains by now.

Redesigning Lytton Plaza, which is actually quite new, is a huge waste of PA tax dollars.

And, whose going to pay for another ugly parking structure when we're all being asked to walk, ride-a-bike or take the bus!!

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 9, 2008 at 9:08 am

Rather than some cosmetic changes to downtown, wouldn't the money be better spent fixing some of the infrastructure where people actually live rather than trying to attract us to a downtown area we won't go to because of the homeless problem?

Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 9, 2008 at 10:41 am

Nice talk, but somehow I don't think this is going anywhere.

Posted by Still wondering
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Apr 9, 2008 at 11:18 am

I think the brick flooring is very nice, I wouldn't want them to destroy it.
How about a little paint and a few flowers to replace those that died.
Is this is another of those neglected areas that provides an excuse to say we have to demolish?

Posted by An Observer
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 9, 2008 at 12:51 pm

I think the downtown and other retail areas should have a minimum of 10 foot setbacks for new buildings so that trees and plants can enhance the area.

Setbacks are normal for all other areas in the city. They provide a openness and sunlight to the area. New zoning should be implemented immediatly.

The new "Wallgreens" building should have 10 to 15 foot setback from the sidewalk. There should be a moratorium on all building until this setback law is in place.

Posted by Tim
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 9, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Putting a fountain into Lytton Plaza is a recipe for disaster. I agree with Lois of Midtown.
It will become a nighttime urinal - and maybe daytime too. Maybe a bath. Downtown has a problem. San Jose knows all about the hazards of fountains. At night, downtown looks 'pretty' but in the daytime, it is a mismash of mismatched sidewalks, transients sitting on benches drinking (yes, out of a brown paper bag) and often being obnoxious and panhandling. Do Palo Altans go there very much? There are no 'everyday stores' that people need except Long's and past-history Walgreen's.
Why are our tax dollars being used to re-do Lytton Plaza. Plant some flowers, keep it clean, and patrol the skateboarding crowd that make walking there dangerous and the transients who make it less than pleasant. I wonder how many transients are being sent here by Gavin Newsom, mayor of San Francisco who has promised to 'do something about San Francisco's transient-a/k/a homeless problem.

Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 9, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Why build a parking garage smack dab at the core of downtown's "transit-oriented" area?

Posted by j
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 31, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Unfortunately, and since our City's in the west US were not set up with pedestrian friendly planning strategies we will probably have individual vehicular means of transportation for a while longer:


Hopefully soon these "parking structures" will house and park electric cars that are able to plug their "horses in"; all powered supplied from the structure's top floor PV array as well as when they leave their single family dwelling's PV electric fuel station. So for now we can still call it a "parking structure" but let's add more bicycle parking spaces.

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