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Original post made by leigh, Crescent Park, on Sep 27, 2013

Parts of Palo Alto want to start a residential permit parking plan. If home owners do not want others parking in the streets, then why are they?
Have them empty the hoarding items out of their garages and use that space for their cars.


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Posted by Non-hoarder
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 27, 2013 at 8:39 am

We live in an area where most of the garages, even when attached to six-bedroom houses, are only one-car garages. We are a combined family of of 4 adults and 3 children. We have one car on our one-car garage. However, with four small bedrooms,
3 of them with small closets, and very little storage area, a lot of stuff that should be stored in the house have to be stored in the garage.

Most of our neighbors are in similar situations: garages too small, houses too small, houses built with insufficient storage, insufficient cabinet space, insufficient closet space, etc. These days, only master bedrooms are built with adequate closets, only McMansions have adequate cabinets, closets, and garages. Plus, there are a lot of blended families in Palo Alto.

In our case, there are four working adults in the family, with employers ranging from South San Francisco to South San Jose: that means four cars, only one garage space.
The childcare provider needs a parking space, too.

This does not mean we are four solo drivers on the road, either: I pick up two friends, and we carpool. My son parks at CalTrain downtown and commutes north. My daughter-in-law picks up a co-worker. My husband parks at CalTrain Calif Ave and commutes south. Everyone has different starting times at work, most of us work a lot of overtime,

We do not demand that we park in from of our house. Anywhere within a couple of blocks in either direction is fine. The problem is NOTwith the residents of PA, but with the number of people who work in PA: they outnumber the residents by far, their cars outnumber the residents' cars by far.

C'mon, get real!

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Posted by no overnight parking
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 27, 2013 at 9:51 am

It's been said before, introduce Menlo Park's model. Problem would then be solved.

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Posted by curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 27, 2013 at 11:50 am

"Have them empty the hoarding items out of their garages and use that space for their cars."

Even if everyone did that, the downtown developments in the pipeline will still make Crescent Park into Crescent Parking Lot.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

What takes up most space in our garage? Bicycles! They have to be easy to access or they don't get used.

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Posted by Nyrack Poole
a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 14, 2013 at 5:00 am

Now a days if parking is a big concern then I can't even imagine how terrible would be our future for residence and our own car parking. Seem really difficult but I hope the government would really take some preventive measures for that.
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