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  • Megan Fluke
    For those of you who aren t on the Alliance for a Livable Palo Alto mailing list. ... From: Irvin Dawid
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 23, 2010
      For those of you who aren't on the Alliance for a Livable Palo Alto mailing list.

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      From: Irvin Dawid <irvindawid@...>
      Date: Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 2:52 PM
      Subject: Need for action? Birch TOD
      To: ALPA Comm <AllianceForLivablePaloAlto@yahoogroups.com>

      A simple letter to council might be in order to show support for a good project encountering the typical neighbor 'traffic/parking' concerns - we'd have to word it carefully to be sensitive to neighbor's concerns while showing that the city needs to look to the future as opposed to keeping things as is - meeting RHNA, reducing reliance on auto, reducing carbon output of new residences - noone is asking current residents to drive less - thus they shouldn't be preventing new resident who we hope to see drive less enter the neighborhood.
      What do others think?
      The latest development to win the green light in Palo Alto's bustling California Avenue Business District aims to meet two goals near and dear to the hearts of city leaders: boosting the city's housing stock and getting people out of their cars. (Monday, 11:22 PM) by Gennady Sheyner 
      Palo Alto Online Staff
      Note - this is our 'executive committee' group - minus one important member, Irene...

      But this "transit oriented" project is causing a stir from area neighbors, who ironically point to car congestion as their number-one concern. The project, some have argued, relies too much on transit use and would, ironically, saddle the neighborhood with parking problems.

      Joe Villareal, who lives at an apartment complex next door to the proposed development, said the area already suffers from a major parking shortage because of poor planning. When his building was built, Villareal said it only included 19 parking spaces for 57 units because the city assumed the building's senior residents wouldn't be driving. Now there is a large waiting list of residents hoping for assigned parking spaces, he said.

      One Less Car!

      Irvin Dawid
      753 Alma St., #126, Palo Alto, CA  94301
      650-283-6534 (cell)

      One Less Car!

      Irvin Dawid
      753 Alma St., #126, Palo Alto, CA  94301
      650-283-6534 (cell)

      Megan  Fluke
      Grassroots Organizer
      Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter

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