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Oregon Expressway Vegetation Chaos

Original post made by @Resident, Midtown, on Jul 31, 2012

Many Palo Alto residents and visitors pass through Oregon Expressway. This street has the potential of being one the most scenic streets in the city. Unfortunately, the city does not seem to have a plan to tidy up the trees and fill the gaps in the center and both sides of the street. Some city planner has decided to randomly plant a variety of bushes and trees along the street. Each section of street is decorated with trees and bushes of different foliage and height. There are few small trees in the center that do not seem to grow anywhere. In short, there is vegetation anarchy along our heavily used Oregon Expressway. Why can’t we beautify this street like the residential area of the University Avenue?

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Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 1, 2012 at 12:34 am

Doesn't Santa Clara County "own" that expressway maintenance, not the City of Palo Alto? I seem to remember that it does. Does anyone know?

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 1, 2012 at 11:12 am

If it's too beautiful maybe people will not take the care they need to negotiate this boulevard - which is critical, there are a lot of bikes and pedestrians that must use Oregon whose soul purpose is to cut through this area as fast as possible to El Camino and Page Mill ... I think a safety update might be first, or combine to two safety update and facelift, but right now it certainly is not an eyesore is it?

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 1, 2012 at 11:53 am

Yes, likely that's all in the control of Santa Clara County -- too bad, since an overall attractive look would enhance this city considering all the traffic that uses this major thoroughfare.

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Posted by @Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm

If Oregon Expressway is maintained by the county, since it goes through the city neighborhoods, perhaps the Palo Alto city government should take an initiative on behalf of its residents to request improving the landscape. Try walking along this street: it is a jungle and probably full of rodents! The city or the county is probably spending good money to control the run-away ivy and bamboo plants. Whereas, a well landscaped street with trees will probably cost much less to maintain.

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Posted by jardins
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 6, 2012 at 8:42 pm

it ain't at all broke, so don't at all fix it!!

Whatd'ya want, lollipop-shaped trees??!!

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