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2022-07-03 14:48:21 By : Ms. Pommy Cui

Original post made on Jun 30, 2022

I'm really confused. The photo shows a "crows nest" attached to some condos/apartments. Why approve that design? It's not attractive, but also doesn't serve any purpose for increased housing if that is the point at all.

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Some might find the varied roof line helps break up what would otherwise look like a shoe box. Perhaps it holds the stairwell or an elevator which I’ve noticed often have to go a bit higher than the residential units themselves

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“It's culturally backward and frankly is embarrassingly ignorant," Dellenbach said. "Should our city do such a thing, architects, preservationists and educated people all over California and nationally will be appalled by Palo Alto's desecration." I find this quote offensive. Dellenbach, if I’m not mistaken, is a private property mogul. Plenty of historic landmark blds are moved many times over (look at Redwood City). Also why not incorporate the “history” into design and development of the property. Like the cannery at Fry’s site. could certainly use a face lift w a historic look like a McArthur bldg. Move it there. What we do not want is a city like Wash DC. Everything is 50 ft. All the poor people live within 17 blocks of the Capital, squeezed, overcrowded, delapitated, unsavory housing “ghettoizing” our most vulnerable. What is tragic is ascetics of “look” is overpowering half dead unhoused falling out on our streets. Folks — is this humane? Is this sane planning? We no longer take the higher road with care and as Cormack said a “thoughtful” approach to planning for the future. Instead because some gross monstrosity “home” is approved and built in North Ventura area, the whole of the tiny historic “cannery” homes skyrocket in property values. That’s the crime. Not height or desiring. The density is happening. Just w McMansions being approved and built in inappropriate places and ways that nix multi family cluster cottage housing. Shame on the Planning & Development Dept. Take the dollars for SFH R1Development and forget the 48% of the rest of us renters and or first time home buyers. Mixed use, denser, higher, infill multi family homes are the only way. Widening freeways for low-wage labor stopped working. The cog is caught in its own hype.

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@Eva not only was 1979 boondoggle Prop 13 a Wnfall for Palo Alto it was double insured by 1979’s prop 4, AKA “the Gann Limit”. Essentially dead bolting the Palo Alto door (City Limits) to building multi family homes yet essentially freezing single family property taxes to 1979 levels. Theses propositions cut a productive housing lifeline to a growing population in the Bay Area and specifically to the Peninsula on the cusp of locally based Apple, HP etc. This heinous proposition safeguarded single family home ownership while proliferating commercial builds for the coming tech revolution in the area. I would not mind residing in the “Crows nest”. At least I could see what is next coming down the road. Web Link The sad fact is, that “Gann Affect” has provided California w an enormous tax based surplus. Yet instead of giving this back to the have nots ( who are suffering so under Prop 13 & 4) the state’s behemoth bureaucracy will spend years incrementally dolling out small dollars to the unfortunate while cooperations like Chevron, Apple, Facebook etc will squash any hope of humanness moving forward. Californians, like Alaskans are due their fair share of the billions and billions of dollars it’s accumulated and now reaping from these draconian props of a former Century! You know when a family just owned one home and before shopping malls, the Internet and app like Door Dash. :(((((

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