My first reaction to seeing public lands and mind-share and resources given to a private car company is that this is further example of Palo Alto being a dupe of the corporate sector.
Sorry Nancy, Jim and unnamed corporate lieutenant.
I shot a picture of parking spaces in our lot before I got this message from the city.
Let’s keep the public sector public and not fertile grounds for corporate encroachment. Or, why not purchase our own fleet of car share vehicles? Again, why spend $1.7 million on a consultant to undermine our General Plan / Comp Plan — think of all the other better ways we could spend our tax dollar.
Zipcar is owned by Avis, by the way. They try harder, so that their corporate One Percent owners can eat that many more lobster salads while million of Americans are poor or hungry.
edit to add: Wow this is post 888 on Plastic Alto!!!!!!!!
Along with the new Zipcars, the City is also looking to technology to help alleviate some of the parking problems downtown, and is soliciting proposals on two new parking technologies that could improve occupancies in City-owned parking garages. The goal is to make more spots available, and reduce the number of times drivers have to circle the block looking for a place to park.
No, that is 15 fewer parking spots for We The People or our customers and tax-base adding payers. If you want to put this thing at 135 Hamilton, let’s talk.
edit to add: so far, after 36 posts, PAW readers are 2-to-1 against this:
I find this problematic on several grounds, as others have stated above, and call it “corporate creep”.
I would rather not have spent, for example $1.7 million to undermine our current General Plan / Comp Plan and maybe, after a study or discussion and not secret meetings, we could have bought or own 10 cars to share. What about the idle black and white? Maybe they can shuffle us to soccer practice and the market. With little brown not pink mustaches.
Nancy and Jim: zip it with your corporate trysts!
edit to add, the next day: Nancy Shepherd, our mayor, wrote me back to say, among other things, that this was voted on by council and therefore not part of a “secret meeting”. Nancy is having her kick-off event today for her bid for re-election.