Sustainability + Mobility as a Service

On Thursday, Feb 26 over 40 Palo Altans gathered to hear Gil Friend (Chief Technology Officer/Palo Alto) and 2 guests from Finland (Krista Huhtala-Jenks and Sonja Heikkila) talk about sustainability with a focus on transportation issues.   Read more

Smart Solutions to Parking and Congestion: Addressing Palo Alto's problems head-on

Dear Palo Alto City Council Members: I am writing to you to share Palo Alto Forward's perspective on the annual cap on office/R&D development to be discussed at your March 2nd meeting. Thank you for considering our perspective on this very important issue.  Palo Alto Forward represents citizens who support more housing and better transportation options. We are concerned about increased traffic and parking, expensive housing, and the difficult retail climate. But implementing an office/R&D square footage development cap will not solve these problems and may make them worse. Why? Because it’s all connected: We are trying to balance two opposing forces: The Bay Area is growing rapidly. Palo Alto is not an island-- we have an opportunity to steer this growth intelligently within our city Growth brings some positives and negatives: positives: a more vibrant (more shops, restaurants, employment opportunities), diverse community; negatives: increased congestion and noise Let's harness growth to maximize the positives and minimize the negatives. Instead of the cap, let’s solve our problems head-on. Read more

Doubling Caltrain Capacity Recap

  On Tuesday, several dozen people who live and work in Palo Alto came to learn about how Caltrain can keep up with ridership growth and capacity needs. Caltrain ridership has well over doubled in the last decade, and ridership in Palo Alto has increased by over 30% in the last three years alone. Read more

Downtown Housing Walking Tour

Thanks to everyone who came out to the great Downtown Housing Walking Tour.  It was a sunny day, great for a walk with 30+ Palo Altans. Special thanks to Gunn High School student Emily Cao for writing about our tour for Palo Alto Pulse. And special thanks to Corinne DeBra for the great photos. For reference, our handout, with map, project data and background can be found here. Read more

Commercial Development Cap thoughts: Open Letter to Council

To City Council/ City Staff-   We have seen that you are considering an annual cap on office/R&D development in Palo Alto at your January 26 meeting.     The staff report includes data on the rate of annual additions to non-residential building stock, and also includes benchmarking data on what caps other California cities have put in place.   But why is the cap being proposed, and what should it accomplish?  If the reason for the cap is to reduce traffic and parking problems in Palo Alto, then the most important data to understand is the relationship between new office/R&D development and traffic/ parking problems.  Santa Monica decided to attack the heart of the problem (cars and parking) vs. one aspect of the problem (development): their goal is to “limit new trips” vs. “limit new construction”.      Read more

Steve Levy Presentation

Thanks to all who came to our general meeting last week.  40+ people packed Mitchell Park Community Center's Adobe Room South to hear Steve Levy present his voluntary research: Region and County Economic Trends and Implications for the Comprehensive Plan.  For those who were unable to attend, Steve has updated his slides to clarify some points and incorporate some of the discussion.  Slides: Region and County Economic Trends and Implications for the Comprehensive Plan Read more

PAF Holiday Social

It is that time of year - people, food, soft lights, and lots of well wishes for each other during the short winter days. Palo Alto Forward is asking you: What’s your wish for Palo Alto? Last Thursday, that is what 80+ Palo Altans and friends did when they met up for Palo Alto Forward’s winter social. Hosted by Sandra Slater, we all took a pass at naming our wishes for Palo Alto’s future, asking ourselves: What vision do we have for the city we live in and call home? What ideas could get us really excited to get involved, working with others to make the ideas a reality? Read more

Five Trends in Transportation

The Five Trends in Transportation You Need to Know   Here are five major trends in transportation to pay attention to [1]. Read more

Palo Alto Council Reviews El Camino Bus Rapid Transit, which would make the bus time-competitive with driving

The VTA Bus Rapid Transit project would make the El Camino bus time-competitive with driving, including in Palo Alto.  For the El Camino route as a whole, San Jose to Palo Alto, people using the bus would travel over 30 minutes faster, and a driving trip would be 3-4 minutes slower.  But, almost nobody travels on ECR from Palo Alto all the way to San Jose - most trips are 5-7 miles long, whether driving or taking the bus.  Read more

City Council Reviews the 2015-2023 Housing Element

On Monday Nov 10 @ 7:55p, City Council reviews the Housing Element (HE). The HE is a section of the Comprehensive Plan and the state requires updates every 8 years.  The next update is due to be certified by January 2015.  Join us to voice your thoughts about the HE (or write to in support.    Read more

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