Downtown Palo Alto parking problem persists while city officials, developers and employers wear blinders
by Diana Diamond – Daily News columnist
It must be very difficult to live in a neighborhood near downtown Palo Alto where your street is completely filled with parked cars on weekdays during business hours. Many of those vehicles belong to downtown business workers and some to Stanford employees who don’t want to pay for a university parking permit.
Rather than force businesses to provide parking, city officials for years closed their eyes to the problem. Let employees park where they will, was their logic.
Thus the car clutter soon became the residents’ problem, not the city’s. And downtown employees found themselves in a game of musical chairs, hunting daily for a parking space.