Viva Ventura

I went to a previous meeting on this project, and felt that the space might have been designed as amenity to the Ventura area residents, approachable by bike or on foot, perhaps via Pepper. I wondered about working with Smith-Andersen gallery for some sort of art-park amenity, with a big wall facing the cars going past on the expressway.

I feel the same way about Fry’s. If retail leaves, what about adding a huge new park to our inventory?

(The Ventura neighborhood houses are about $1 Million each below Palo Alto average — maybe a nice park in that neighborhood would raise all those values –of course, this idea would mean citizens organizing against a very powerful regional developer).

Mr. Schwab comes across to residents and observers as well-above average in terms of ethics and values; Northway likewise or even more so.

Neighbors in certain ways were more concerned about the former HP property, the Jay Paul project, relative to this.

I agree, however, that Keller generally stands alone as being pro-resident and not obviously pro-Growth.

Mr. Rosenblum, despite having a demanding career and a young family, shows a lot of promise for public service. Good luck, Eric! (He who missed this meeting…)

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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