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Editorial: Money as a 'public benefit'?

Original post made on May 14, 2012

Today, May 14, the City Council will consider approving the controversial "Lytton Gateway" office building at the corner of Lytton Avenue and Alma Street, a decision that once again points out the need for stronger criteria and follow-up for developments to qualify for Planned Community status, which is awarded to projects that exceed normal zoning but offer offsetting public benefits.

Read the full editorial here Web Link posted Monday, May 7, 2012, 8:24 AM

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Posted by paloaltotreewatch
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on May 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm

If money is the currency of advocacy
then let the money they offer go into
a non-profit foundation design to support
culture in Palo Alto in the form of
two or three music clubs in downtown.
(property acquistion, rent, insurance, work supplies)

These places would be where excellent musicians
can show their talents
and art on the wall
can reflect the local sensibility.

All the while the steady flow of folks
to and from
coffee shops,
pedi/mani cures,
technology shops
will occur and add great value to a street current
void of cultural items.

It be a cultural contribution to Palo Alto
and harken back to an age where music could be
found on the street mixed in with
10 used book stores.

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Posted by Former Neighbor
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Cash for zoning is arbitrary and capricious. The PC Zoning was never intended to be used in that manner.

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