after the news…

I always find the online reader comments to be much more informative than actual news articles themselves. Not so much in the NYT, but definitely in a small city newspaper like the Palo Alto Daily. Take the comments after this story, from today’s paper. Title:

Downtown housing project ‘too dense, too tall’
Palo Alto planning commissioners concerned about 98-unit project’s size and density on Alma Street, but launch zone-change process anyway

Basically about a housing “project” for low-income families and seniors that’s had some architectural and size issues. Some comments:

Sure, there is plenty of demand for subsidized housing. I’d like to have my housing costs subsidized too! Enough with this scam that the developers are pulling on us – the profits of the developers come at a huge cost for all of us who live in the area(overcrowding) and own property here(decreased property value). Wake up Peninsula – it’s not going to be so great to live here in 10 years.

For some of us, it’s not so great to live here now. (Update: She resigned.)

The 800 High residents’ opposition is understandable and ironic. Understandable because who wants to buy a $1.5M dollar condo and then have families pulling in less than $40,000 a year a mere spitwad’s throw away.

Spitwad? Why spitwad? As a grad student, I make less than $40K a year, and if there is one public action I find really nasty, it’s spitting in the street. I surely wouldn’t condone, nor would most people I know who make under $40K, hacking a spitwad onto someone’s balcony.

My kids is not attending Addison because when it was full when I moved to Downtown Palo Alto. My children are now attending other schools, and this will also happen to more than one hundred children that will be leaving in this new project. The city must re-think and organize schooling for all those children before approving such a project. And I am doing the math right. In 49 low income apartments there will be FOR SURE MORE THAN 100 KIDS.

Palo Alto schools are some of the most well-resourced and highest performing schools in the state, and also the nation. To go to a good school, I rode the bus and subway for 45 minutes each way from age 10 till I graduated from high school. I really have little sympathy for these parents having to drive to another school that might not be within walking distance to their house. I’m sorry, I still drive 20 minutes each way, twice a day, every day for my kids to go day care that I can afford.

Do very low income do their basic needs shopping at Whole Foods? or would they shop at Safeway? and do they go to Stanford Shopping Center or big box retailers? Those trips just keep adding up.

LOL, I must not be as low-income as I thought. Maybe low-income people still want good organic foods for their kids, and not the mess they call fresh food at Safeway (I’m sorry, that’s just how I feel. I will go broke over good food.) And yes, the Stanford Shopping Center is a bit bourgie, but low-income folk like to splurge every now and again, too. And honestly, have people seen how low gas prices have gotten? $1.99 for premium! In California!

I wonder how Whole Foods Market feel about this low income community moving so close to their store. I know that that their managers worked hard to get the expansion of the sit-lie ordinance approved to cover Homer street in order to get the homeless folks out of their site. Now the homeless people are out. Victor has moved to another area.

Since when does making $40K = homeless? Oh, yeah, I forgot, in PALO ALTO, where there is NO affordable rental housing!

There are so many other articles in this newspaper that show the uglier side of the beautiful weather and two-faced politeness that epitomizes Palo Alto, in my opinion, that I might need to start a regular feature all about Palo Alto news…

One thought on “after the news…

  1. I can’t believe you have the stomach to read the comments. I always get so angry, I start to shake–never a good thing!

    Oh! And I feel you on good food. I’ve disavowed myself of the belief that food should be cheap. It takes a lot of resources to grow, and if I’m willing to pay a premium for good shoes, I’m willing to pay a premium for good food.

    I just have problems reconciling that with the right of all citizens, even those who cannot afford the premium, to get healthy and fresh food…


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