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A Political Parable

Original post made by Father Engel, Menlo Park: Park Forest, on Aug 29, 2007

Today’s lesson comes in the form of a parable:

Once upon a time, there was a man and his family and they came upon a land of verdant hills, tumbling streams and lush forests. They said, no one lives here and it is beautiful. We will live here. And so they built their home and settled. Since we humans are a social species, they invited their friends to join them. And, they did. And then, their friends invited their friends and they too, came and settled. And then their friends came, and so on.

Soon, people came that did not want to settle there, but wished to build homes and buildings for others as a way to make money. And, they did. And there were none to stop them. And, eventually, this paradise became a village, then a town, then a crowded city, and then suffered from too much of everything that is not good for people where they live. And, eventually, those who were rich moved away, but those who were poor could not.

The moral of this story comes in the form of a question:
Menlo Park, when is enough, enough?

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Posted by open space
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 30, 2007 at 11:20 pm

Zoning is party of the way to address this issue. The other way is to see if the voters of Menlo Park would want to pay taxes into a city fund that purchases private land and converts it to open space or parks within our community. It certainly would improve all our property values to get more open space, so it could be a worthwhile investment by the taxpayers of this community.


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