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News - October 15, 2021

By popular demand, Palo Alto prepares to expand Boulware Park

City's new plan includes new dog park, bocce court, picnic areas

by Gennady Sheyner

When Ventura residents talk about their vision for the neighborhood's future, parks usually top their wish list.

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Posted by tmp
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 12, 2021 at 4:19 pm

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Good job to add some parkland!

We need many more acres of parkland given how the population of the city has grown. The city is not prioritizing the needs of residents for parkland and should be designating potential areas that can be zoned for and turned into parkland as the city continues to add more people. They keep zoning for housing but no open urban areas. Lack of long term thinking.


Posted by Fr0hickey
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 12, 2021 at 5:53 pm

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I would like to know how much AT&T was paying a year in property taxes.
Every time a parcel is converted from private to public, we lose a bit of the tax base, and the rest of the private property owners have to pay more to maintain the same number of city services.
To add insult to injury, a larger park will need more city services, of which there is less taxes to support.


Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 16, 2021 at 9:26 am

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The City has long since given up on any holistic planning in favor of false framing by entities like PAF, that amenities in the north side of town have become practically inaccessible to residents in the south side.

Bouleware Park Planning should include equity in city amenities including a pool (Rinconada has 2) and some kind of community arts performance space. Maintaining retail is important too. I would like to see the city begin buying up retail areas ala Stanford/Stanford mall model so the City can afford to maintain retail into the future, small businesses can afford to operate here, and they can afford to pay their employees good wages.

Given the economics of this high cost area, if the City did not own the land under the schools parks and government buildings, we wouldn’t be able to afford those essential aspects of civic life either. It’s long past time we invested in buying up land under retail areas.

Making Ventura walkable must include that kind of thinking or all they will have on CA Ave when the next boom hits is nail salons gyms and other commuter-day worker serving businesses that displaced the longtime resident-serving businesses like Printers Inc and Keebler & Schuchat (which I still miss).


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