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What's your definition of "Village"?

Original post made by Wondering, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 3, 2013

When I think of village, I think remote out of the way place with old houses with roses or ivy growing up the wall and thatched roofs, poor amenities, a place where you need a car to get anywhere, old people, no children, gossip and for those who read and watch mysteries, murder (Miss Marple and Midsommer Murders). So why is village appearing on our new developments? Alma Village and San Antonio Village come to mind. Does anyone else think some of these new developments are misnamed as villages?

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton
on Jun 3, 2013 at 6:03 pm

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There are some who insist that all of Menlo park is a village.

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Jun 3, 2013 at 6:19 pm

I think of this:

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And it is appropriate for Palo Alto

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Posted by Not an issue
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Very funny, outside observer.

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Posted by Wondering
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 3, 2013 at 6:34 pm

I was also thinking of the Prisoner, but thought that might be a little too obscure.

More thoughts, rural, houses spread out, surrounded by green fields and farmland, room to breathe, room to grow a garden, cows mooing, sheep baaing, birds singing, country paths and few people.

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Posted by village barn
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jun 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm

"A village is a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town with the population ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand (sometimes tens of thousands). Though often located in rural areas, the term urban village is also applied to certain urban neighbourhoods, such as the East Village in Manhattan, New York City and the Saifi Village in Beirut, Lebanon, as well as Hampstead Village in the London conurbation."



With nary an address......

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 5, 2013 at 1:01 pm

No street addresses in Carmel. All incoming mail goes to the Post Office. I learn something new every day . . .

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Posted by gary breitbard
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 1, 2014 at 8:29 am

I think a village can be urban, but it's certainly not a massive Safeway and a massive parking lot. This is definitely hype -- but no one is fooled, since it's all cars and no place to walk. Also, where's the church?

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Posted by Village resident
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 1, 2014 at 1:14 pm

I have lived in two villages in England, both in Bedfordshire: Biddenham and Olney. Oth are very small, but have everything one needs nearby, in the center of town, such as groceries, furniture, pubs, churches, restaurant or two, doctors--in a village square, which is surrounded by ( quaint) houses on lots just large enough for a flower and vegetable garden, maybe a birdbath. On the outskirts of town,shared by neighboring villages, is a riding stable and a golf course. Basically, EVERYTHING is within a very short and easy walk. Yet, a main highway passes by on the west side of Biddenham, and the east side of Olney. Both villages have something they specialize in, that they are known throughout England for. Biddenham is known for its ale, Olney is known for its tack shop and handmade furniture ( it is also where King Edward IV was held prisoner during the War of the Roses)

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Posted by Village resident
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 1, 2014 at 1:17 pm

I forgot to mention that Palo Alto really does not fit the traditional European definition of a village: smaller than a small town.

Perhaps the American definition is different?

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 1, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Enjoyed myself this morning at the Urban Village Farmers Market on California Avenue.

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