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The new Cubberley

Redevelopment planning speeds up for south Palo Alto campus

by Gennady Sheyner

"We are here for upholstery!"

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 8, 2019 at 9:20 am

Reading through this article, the thing that strikes me most is that it underscores the need for community, recreational space that the City is in dire need of. It appears that there are many groups that have needs for space that is just not being met. With all the additional housing being talked about, the fact of the matter is that we need places to live, not just to sleep and work.

Quality of life means having things to do that are relatively close by and to have a good selection so that there are things for everyone, young, older, arty, sporty, mechanically minded, etc. etc.

Don't pack and stack more residents in without providing recreational opportunities for our spare time, and their spare time.

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Posted by This article reads like PR for Concordia
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 8, 2019 at 12:52 pm

This article reads like PR for Concordia is a registered user.

This reads like PR for the consultant and a master plan that is far from complete. Please be more careful.

200 participants of roughly 67,000 residents is good outreach, but doesn't deliver community consensus. Not sure how the demographics played out at the meetings, but it looked like seniors were in the great majority. (I am a senior.)

It's early to determine how well the process worked, though I hope that it will be successful.

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 8, 2019 at 1:29 pm

Mark Weiss is a registered user.

I prefer:
1, leaving it as native grasses and actual not metaphorical dirt clods;
2, plan for an arts center including world class music;
3, spend more on arts than on arts consultants;
4, if all else fails, and this is where this ship is heading, build baby build.
in that order

Some of my best friends are Cubberley former students and grads, and please let's not disgrace their heritage.
You would think a New Orleans based consultant would be open to music at The Cub.

Rename the site for Gregg Rolie the Cubberley student who co-founded two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands: Santana and Journey.

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Posted by Think Bigger & Don't Be Cheap
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Feb 8, 2019 at 3:13 pm

Cubberley looks like a dated school from the mid-1950s. Why not tear the entire place down & erect new buildings, playing fields & yes...a music center for the performing arts.

Multi-purpose rooms which could be rented out for conferences/seminars + weddings & social gatherings would also fill the bill.

Next, some smaller food businesses offering breakfast/lunch or something akin to the old Menu Tree/Stanford Barn ethnic food court of sorts.

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Posted by GrandmaKK
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 8, 2019 at 5:07 pm

This is an interesting article because the subject is interesting. But the article is rough to read - missing or duplicate words. Missing letters, made up words are grating on the brain as one reads. I’m a dinosaur and still expect that something written for publication is going to be proofread and edited. It seems not, any more. Why not?

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Posted by Sally
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 8, 2019 at 7:40 pm

The thing that's crazy is that anyone would think the randos that show up for four time-suck mseetings represent at all the needs or wants of general Palo ALtans... especially when you remember that things like this should be about kids. I guarantee you no kids or working parents have had any input... nor will they.

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 9, 2019 at 1:10 pm

Mark Weiss is a registered user.

The million dollars we the taxpayers pay the consultants, Concordia — like the $2m we paid to gut the Comp Plan — are not to express ideas, but to suppress such.

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Posted by Southern Palo Alto
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 9, 2019 at 1:23 pm

I read yesterday's Cubberley article; Perhaps I missed the reference to Avenidas having a satellite canpus at Cubberley where they have been for over a year. I guess that they've decamped back to their spacious digs in down PA but those digs are not convenient to a large section of older Palo Alto residents who are their target population. One of the previous comments refers to "quality of life meaning activities that are relatively close for the whole range of PA citizens. For many of the "older (meaning seniors and "senior seniors"), having a program relatively close is a must. Think about this population tho live south of Oregon Expressway. Keeping one Comida lunch program at Stevenson House (the other being in downtown Masonic bldg) meets the needs of a relative small segment of the older population who need or want to use it. Avenidas: If you haven't already done so, step up and meet the needs of all of your older PA citizens.

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Posted by Avenidas corporate culture
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 10, 2019 at 3:42 pm

Avenidas has a very corporate culture. Money is very important to it.
For example, their classes are very expensive. There are a few freebies around but their main offerings cost a lot.

Whether they really needed the big re-development is a question, some remodeling would have been quite enough, but the development interests and advocates on the Avenidas board had its way,

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Posted by Connor McManus
a resident of another community
on Feb 14, 2019 at 10:05 am

This article should be corrected: the next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 9th, not May 7th.

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Posted by Gennady Sheyner
Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Feb 14, 2019 at 10:37 am

Gennady Sheyner is a registered user.

Thanks, Connor. Sorry for the error. It's been corrected.