Town Square

Post a New Topic

Atherton is barring residents from moving antique urns to their new home

Original post made by News Guy on Feb 5, 2007

A pair of antique plant-filled urns are likely to stay in Atherton's historic Lindenwood neighborhood now that the City Council has denied the request of residents Randy and Lisa Lamb to take them from their Lindenwood property when they move to their new home, also in Atherton but two and a half miles away.
The cast-iron urns, about 5 feet tall on their pedestals, date from at least 1937 and were part of the estate of Silver King James C. Flood, who lived in the area more or less defined by the walls of the Lindenwood neighborhood.
For more on this story, click here: Web Link
It seem ironic that Atherton, the defender of property rights, would make this decision. Atherton doesn't claim to own the urns. And the Lambs said they spent money to repair them. Who owns them?
The council's decision doesn't square with the law or the town's own staff and consultant's view. Did the council just cave into public pressure from Lindenwood?
Post your comments below.



Comments (1)

Posted by Deb, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Feb 7, 2007 at 5:15 pm

Sounds like a screwy decision. I've got nothing against preservation of historic artifacts, but it seems to me that the town should spend a bit of time thinking about a reasonable (and legal) approach to preservation, then write an ordinance spelling out the rules to homeowners. This decision seems so haphazard.

So have the Lambs decided whether or not to sue?


If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Touring the Southern California “Ivies:” Pomona and Cal Tech
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 5 comments | 3,294 views

Couples: Parallel Play or Interactive Play?
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,504 views

Just say no
By Jessica T | 6 comments | 1,463 views

Getting High in Menlo Park
By Paul Bendix | 4 comments | 921 views

As They Head Back To School, Arm Them With This
By Erin Glanville | 4 comments | 424 views