Perhaps it’s only me (I’m used to it, I tend to think oddly compared to most people).
Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of the Weekly. I’ve know staff members for years, some who came an went (but still in touch with), some who will persist in spite of themselves. I generally have offered critiques, rightly or wrongly, privately, but this one has to be out there, and yes, some will say it’s out there in more ways than one – but I think it needs to be said.
Latest annual “Best of Palo Alto” ran the end of August. The hook this year to add “personality” to the feature was a super-hero theme. A bit cutesy, but many marketing themes are. The Online entries were locked to comments – I suppose so that petty kibitzing would be minimal. However, in the grand scheme of Palo Alto under/over outrage inappropriately directed as it so often is, I need to vent on this entry of a “Best” place to…….
As it appeared in the Weekly:
Place for a Hero-Villain Battle
Spider-Man vs. the Green Goblin. Batman vs. the Joker. Captain America vs. the Red Skull. For years heroes and villains have squared off on printed page and the big screen. Many Best Of readers say that were a climactic battle ever to be waged in Palo Alto, it would likely take place at Lytton Plaza or Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Plaza. The open expanses would allow for those in downtown to watch the cartoonish tussle with curious awe. And although the "Digital DNA" egg and parts of City Hall would surely crumble in the collision, it's safe to say the hero, as always, would walk away with a win. Lytton Plaza: University Avenue and Emerson Street, Palo Alto. King Plaza: 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
Many posting, some very recent, regarding Downtown, University Avenue, Lytton Plaza, supposed police inadequacy, have cast a shadow over the plazas in question, in part due to mugging, beatings, stabbing, and shooting directly tied to those spaces, some involving teens, most involving intoxicated pub crawlers, and infrequently involving unhoused folks (most often as victims).
Lauding those locations as sites for “good versus evil” to do battle seems a bit……
Un...... well, un a bunch of stuff.
Well, is it just me, or does it bug anyone else????