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About this blog: Growing up in Brooklyn, NY I lived in high-density housing and experienced transit-oriented services first hand. During high school and college summers I worked in Manhattan drafting tenant floor plans for high-rise office buildi...  (More)

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Menlo Saves: A Retrospective on Ballot Measures in Menlo Park and Palo Alto
Feb 26, 2014 12:05 pm
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My first draft of this entry began last November, but morphed over time into multiple topics. For clarity I'll focus on history.

Last November Palo Alto voters... More
It doesn?t pencil out - justify the budget and hiring.
Jun 15, 2015 4:26 pm
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When I was on the planning commission, the Planning Department included at least two contract planners ? for years ? who ably served the city. They also understood... More
Split the Ticket for Menlo Park
Oct 6, 2014 4:53 am
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But first, for a couple of months I've been noticing (and using) the new green bicycle demarcations in Menlo Park and Palo Alto. These are a vast improvement of... More
Is it easier to get a permit to remove 62 trees than 1 tree in Menlo Park?
Nov 12, 2013 11:18 am
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Menlo Park has a heritage tree ordinance to preserve the stock of healthy trees from premature extraction. Portions of the ordinance were contentious in the... More
Are you considering a remodel?
Dec 20, 2014 5:44 pm
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I shrug my head as I see a remodel in the neighborhood drag on and on. Something is wrong. We completed a partial remodel two years ago consisting of removing a... More
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