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on Apr 4, 2008
The Architectural Review Board allowed the Opportunity Center, one of the most garish and out of place buildings ever built in Palo Alto. Other outrageous projects are the hideous complex of condos under completion on the old Rickey's Hyatt site, 800 High, and the garish Cheesecake Factory downtown. And how about that weird building with the 'spikes' on the University Avenue Circle. And now a proposed glass 'showcase' where Walgreen's used to be. And the ARB Board is STILL nitpicking Alma Plaza? How long has it been now - ten years or more? It's time for the Council to give this Board a deadline. Get on with it NOW or they will pick a board to get the job done. Maybe the ARB is not even necessary.
Palo Alto could have been a showcase "Santa Barbara of the North". Instead it's evolving
"Brighter colors would help the commercial buildings stand out as cars whiz by, Trossman said". What will this be - Munchkin land from the Wizard of Oz? How about softer colors to blend in with the existing neighborhood.
This is the sort of irresponsible throw away line from a members of the ARB which has given us a bright orange Opportunity Center and bright multi-colored condos at Ricky's Hyatt. The ARB should be more careful what they say because the developer may just follow up on it.
The Architectural Review Board is consistently advocating color schemes which the residents of Palo Alto don't like, and members of the City Council criticize.
I know that bright Tuscany style coloring for buildings is in style right now. Unfortunately, they simply don't blend in with the surrounding neighborhoods, they stand out like a sore thumb in Palo Alto. Twenty years from now they'll look dated.
I can't believe that we are discussing the color of a gym which is for older children who want to play basketball. The color of the outside is irrelevant to them.
And, for those who do not know the Kikis building, it is presently bright candy pink with stars. Now, what bright spark in the planning department okayed that one.
Parent: I wasn't referring to the article about the gym on Fabian Way. The ARB's comments about color referred to the development on Alma Plaza.
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