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Apple's 'spaceship' campus mostly welcomed by neighbors

updated 08:00 pm EDT, Sun June 19, 2011

Apple ring campus OKed by Sunnyvale, Santa Clara

Apple dodged possible conflicts with neighboring cities over its giant ring-shaped campus on Sunday as early reactions from local mayors suggested they mostly welcomed the "spaceship" building. Both Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews and Sunnyvale Mayor Melinda Hamilton were upbeat as its proximity to their borders meant they would enjoy a ripple effect. The employee relocation and restaurant traffic "brings the whole region up," Hamilton told the San Jose Mercury News.

Some issues still remained. The largest issue is expected to be traffic congestion, where commutes by Apple employees could slow them down further. As an example, Apple may have to pay for traffic or offset costs such as shortening Pruneridge Avenue in order to fit the new office.

Other local concerns, such as the eco-friendliness or looks of the neighborhood, might have to be answered by paying for new trees or other local care.

Some objections still existed to the deal. Sunnyvale Councilman Chris Moylan objected to Cupertino's near-automatic approval of Apple's building, claiming that his city wouldn't have gone ahead so quickly. "In Sunnyvale, we make decisions on projects like this after asking the residents how they feel about it," he said.

It's unclear whether other cities would have objected. Apple was already Cupertino's largest single source of employment and income and could dictate most of the terms. The new expansion, replacing HP's old headquarters, is also poised to give the San Francisco Bay Area city more clout and millions of dollars in tax revenues it can roll into schools and other public facilities.

Cupertino has had fierce competition in recent years as Google's Mountain View campus and Facebook's Palo Alto offices have potentially lured workers away. Much of the startup culture is also focused on San Francisco itself, where Twitter and other companies have been deemed important enough to get tax breaks.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. facebook_Clarence

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jun 2011


    Toilet bowl

    flush all the Apple products down this toilet bowl of a building.

  1. Sentient

    Joined: Dec 1969



    By the symbolic association that facebook_clarence made with the form of the upcoming apple headquarter, it's somewhat evident that he has an anal fixation with all that this implies. Most probably an anal expulsive type defined as having a lack of self control, being generally messy and careless as evidence of anyone wanting to defend the use of sub par virus ridden operating systems like Windows and Android.

  1. revco

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't know why...

    they didn't design it in the outline of the Apple logo. That would be amazing seeing the Apple logo on Google maps.

  1. 001

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nice Freudian analysis

    Nice Freudian analysis, but Sentient then goes on to commit the fallacy of the general rule: assuming Clarence is a supporter of Windows or Android. He might be a self-hating Apple user, or a Linux user.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sure. Yeah. Absolutely.

    "The new expansion ... is also poised to give the San Francisco Bay Area city ... millions of dollars in tax revenues it can roll into schools and other public facilities."

    Is that supposed to be irony? :)

    It's still the state of California, mind you. "Millions of dollars" will go anywhere, but certainly not into "schools and other public facilities".

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