Palo Alto has large properties on the market for sale. City-owned land is profitable for the city because we need to think not only of revenue but also of investment properties in a market that always rebounds.
Palo Alto needs a branch library and day care in South Palo Alto, a recreation center with bowling alley and a separate room for small groups to meet and eat, and we need playing fields. The disabled community (every special education class/PE program in our area etc.) will have access to these resources.
We have eleven schools along the East Charleston/Arastradero school commute corridor and many local businesses. How they will be benefited by investment in this project:
Part of the land can be set aside for playing fields and educational garden (Plant a Pollinator Garden) Web Link
An infrastructure can be put in place to conserve water resources, save on the water bill, help the planet and be a teaching tool for children (Web Link);
Have kids play ‘water detectives,’ save money: (Web Link).
Have teachers submit grant proposals for projects using this investment. Teachers may use lesson plans that have already proved their worth. Part of the proposal should include the names of specific local businesses to partner in the lesson plan. In exchange for the advertising, the businesses would give children a discount on materials needed for the project.
This project would attract investment because it serves the needs of diverse populations (bees, athletes, water conservation supporters, all library users, all children, teachers, small businesses, job hunters).