From a June 13th, 2009 report on kcbs.com:
"PALO ALTO, Calif. (KCBS/Palo Alto Weekly) -- City leaders are expected to approve a plan to replace the Palo Alto Bowl with a four-story hotel and 26 new houses after residents and planning commissioners agreed to move forward with the plan last Wednesday night.
The development is set to be located on El Camino Real, next to Mountain View and Los Altos city limits, according to the Palo Alto Weekly. The 167-room hotel and 26 three-story and duplex-style condominiums 0are expected to bring in about $850,000 to the city annually.
The Palo Alto Weekly reports the project is scheduled to undergo a final review by the Architectural Review Board in August. It will then go to the City Council for approval."
The Palo Alto Bowl is representative of a simpler time; of romanticism. As soon as one steps inside, they can sense a true, old-world atmosphere in the place; in the simplicity. None of that new-age, almost futurisitc technology and design which sadly plagues many new alleys today; while these bowls may be shinier and some of the equipment easier to use, it is also these very aspects which take away so so so so very much.
City Councils are supposed to represent "us," the people, not their special interests!
The council makes its final decision in August, so we do not have much time. And even then ... history has shown us that council decisions can be turned around if enough pressure is applied.
Please consider joining this cause! City Councils are supposed to represent "us," the people, and do what's best for the city, not what's best for their special interests. Not what will slowly rob cities of all their character.
This is not government.
PS -- If you disagree with this cause, please do not reply. I have already heard all of the arguments, and know that "no" issue will ever be agreed upon by every single person.