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Study says Facebook probably won't displace East Palo Alto residents

Original post made on Jan 3, 2012

A consultant's study of whether Facebook's expansion will push East Palo Alto residents from their homes came to the common sense conclusion that it simply depends on how many employees decide to live in East Palo Alto.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 11:28 AM

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm

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The law requires that such studies evaluate the PROBABLE impact of a proposed project. Instead Facebook has paid good money for a consultant to simply speculate on the the range of impacts that this project might have. Hopefully, but unlikely, the City of Menlo park, as the so-called Lead Agency, and the City of East Palo Alto will reject this worthless speculation.


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Posted by Hmm
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm

The only way to get the answers some seem to need would be to ask each and every FB employee if they plan to buy a house in EPA in the next 5 years. I would imagine the resulting answer would be "Not many at all"
People work very hard to get hired by FB and they aren't going to celebrate their new found income stream by buying a house in EPA...that's simply not part of the dream.

I'd say the result of the study makes complete sense...common sense to those that can recognize it.


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Posted by pragmatic
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jan 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm

EPA has been on the verge of gentrification for 20 years. Don't assume all FB employees will be rich enough to buy a house in PA or MP -- I'll bet that more than a few would want to invest in a startup city with great potential. FB + Bohannon = a lot of people who will want to live close to their work. Good for the neighboring cities too.

Losers: anyone who needs affordable housing, and everyone who uses badly paid service help (housecleaners, etc) as those people will have to commute farther to polish your silver and mop your floors.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 4, 2012 at 8:14 pm

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"I'd say the result of the study makes complete sense...common sense to those that can recognize it."

The law is concerned with probable impact not simply describing the possible range of impacts. It is impossible to mitigate a range of impacts but it is legally necessary to mitigate the most probable impact.


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Posted by pragmatic
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jan 4, 2012 at 11:59 pm

See the parallel thread on the Palo Alto TS site: Web Link

They are terribly miffed that we in MP might not be properly concerned with Palo Alto's needs. Just like they considered the impact on our city when they approved the hospital project...and pocketed all the cash!


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 5, 2012 at 6:55 am

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"See the parallel thread on the Palo Alto TS site: Web Link

They are terribly miffed that we in MP might not be properly concerned with Palo Alto's needs"

Wrong - read the thread; the very valid concern is that the City of Menlo Park is totally neglecting the impacts of the proposed Facebook expansion project on EAST Palo Alto - and the school districts and the Fire District.


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