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Federal funds to help Palo Alto build museum, respond to mental health emergencies

Original post made on Jul 19, 2021

Palo Alto's plans to build a history museum and launch a program for mental health emergencies has received a boost from the federal government, with Rep. Anna Eshoo announcing that she was able to secure funding for both efforts.

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Posted by commonsense
a resident of Professorville
on Jul 19, 2021 at 10:32 am

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Converting a rotting building the city has neglected for decades into a history museum, across the street from a history museum, is not a priority for this city. Furthermore, $3m is roughly $10m short of what is likely needed.


Posted by Richard
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 19, 2021 at 10:39 am

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I'd put all the money into improving mental health services. Really, is Palo Alto so great that we need a museum? I doubt people for points distant, let alone for residents of the city, will visit this. Let's get over these delusions of grandeur and spend money on things that actually have value for citizens. If someone is really interested in the history of Palo Alto there are other resources that do not require a building.


Posted by Mama
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 19, 2021 at 11:10 am

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The Computer History Museum does a terrific job on history of Silicon Valley, and Stanford has many sites for University history. Exactly what else needs to be covered re Palo Alto? Complete waste of OUR money siphoned off by taxes.


Posted by Roberta Prescott
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 19, 2021 at 11:41 am

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> Converting a rotting building the city has neglected for decades into a history museum, across the street from a history museum, is not a priority for this city.

> Really, is Palo Alto so great that we need a museum?

> Exactly what else needs to be covered re Palo Alto? Complete waste of OUR money siphoned off by taxes.

^ It's called 'civic pride' and some Palo Altans actually feel the need for their city to be recognized for its past accomplishments and significance.

No different than a typical Mayberry-mentality creating its own museum and hall of fame to acknowledge minor trivialities.

The Nuthouse gorilla will greet guests at the door to reaffirm this belief.


Posted by cmarg
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 19, 2021 at 1:30 pm

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Please consider focusing more on mental health. It would be ideal if the building could actually be converted into a facility for mental health. In my opinion, there are 2 groups that need the mental health Services the most - the youth (12-22) and the elderly. I hope more can be done to help. In my opinion, we don't need a museum.


Posted by Liam J.
a resident of another community
on Jul 19, 2021 at 3:39 pm

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> In my opinion, there are 2 groups that need the mental health Services the most - the youth (12-22) and the elderly.

And the homeless.


Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 19, 2021 at 6:13 pm

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The egregiously uninformed comments here illustrate the critical need for a local history museum. We have a fine historical association, but no venue to educate from


Posted by PA Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 19, 2021 at 7:19 pm

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Perhaps if the parents of this town would stop pressuring their children to be above and beyond over working them and stressing them out there wouldn't be so many mental health problems in the young people of this town.

A museum is a wonderful addition to this town. It would cover this city not just general themes like electrical and mechanical technology like MOAH does and general technological history like the computer museum.


Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 20, 2021 at 7:43 pm

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I am thrilled money is now available for the Roth Building history museum. It's a lovely building. And the historical society has some really interesting exhibits. I've seen some of their photographs at the Midtown Residents Ice Cream Socials in years past.

And I am also put off by the nastiness shown by the majority of the commenters on this thread.


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