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News - March 13, 2009

Residents nervous over Facebook move

Neighborhood hopes new parking-permit plan will prevent parking woes

by Sue Dremann

As Facebook gears up to move an estimated 800 employees to Stanford Research Park, some residents of the adjacent College Terrace neighborhood are concerned the influx could make existing parking headaches worse.

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Posted by Caltrain
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 13, 2009 at 3:13 pm

The Caltrain station is right down the street. Facebook should give Caltrain passes to its employees and run shuttles back and forth to the train station. Problem solved.

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Posted by Lois
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 14, 2009 at 11:22 am

I compliment Facebook for being so loyal to Palo Alto and moving to a location that will keep them in our fair City, but I have to ask myself - why?

What, with a new business tax proposed for the November ballot and hostile neighbors, I'd have to question their decision making process, but thank you anyway Facebook for your many tax dollars!!!

GOOGLE started with offices in PA and they've never regretted their move to Mountain View who continue to trip over themselves to give GOOGLE everything they want, including City owned land. Meanwhile GOOGLE is trying to off load the Agilent Building they leased on Page Mill Road at Park Blvd, maybe Facebook will take that over too!!!!

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Posted by Greg
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 14, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Palo Alto is a city of NIMBYs who think they can improve the quality of life by throwing all the employers out of town. Is that plan really going to work in the long term?

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Posted by Not enough traffic in College Terrace
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 14, 2009 at 3:50 pm

If I were Facebook, i would not even bother dealing with the College Terrace NIMBYs--I would look for a city that is more welcoming and move there (and trust me there are plenty around).
As for the parking permits--the city is opening a Pandora's Box--why shouldn't every neighborhood have permit parking only (that may be a good way to drive business out of town and cut down on that annoying traffic that everyone is so upset about). Whatever happened to public streets open to everyone?
Anyway College Terrace are good at whining and getting what they want from our spineless City council

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Posted by Try empathy
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Mar 14, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Not enough traffic, YOU are always whining about the council and about the people who live here. Try practicing empathy, you might find some peace
College Terrace lives next to a voracious overbearing bloated institution. They have my sympathies. .

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Posted by Not enough traffic in College Terrace
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 15, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Am I? After just one post--Try Empathy?
Try considering what Stanford has meant for PA and the citizens of College Terrace.

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Posted by Jack
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 18, 2009 at 6:04 pm

If I were Facebook (or any other business located in anti-business PA), I would take my tax dollars, massive employee spending power, and large pool of local jobs somewhere else where they are appreciated and valued. And I'm saying that as a P.A. resident!

Let Palo Altans have THEIR taxes raised to cover the deficit from the outflow of major local employers, and they'll get what they deserve.

As much as I like Palo Alto's architecture, amenities, and location, many of the residents here are ungrateful, selfish, one-dimensional fools with very limited thinking. They have the capacity to vote, but little capacity to do so wisely.

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