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Palo Alto neighborhoods

Each neighborhood has its own story

From Foothills Park to the Baylands' duck pond, the city of Palo Alto draws nature lovers of any stripe. For those who prefer hip urbanity, University Avenue and California Avenue (which goes by the moniker Cal Ave) and nearby Stanford University offer anything culturally cutting-edge.

From its earliest history, the city named for a huge old redwood tree has always known where it wants to be and has allowed a diversity of minds and experiences to color that vision.

Now, more than 65,000 people call this city home, from professors and high-tech workers to students.

From its own utility to its cherished libraries, to its annual chili cookoff to its May Fete Parade, Palo Alto prides itself on being first for things like its children's library and its internet home page (1994).

Unlike many towns in California, Palo Alto's neighborhoods don't look the same. From early California bungalows to shingled Craftsman cottages to iconic Eichlers, each one has its architectural and cultural personality. The rural Esther Clark Park feels like its a world away, while Greenmeadow's pool and community center draws neighbors out of their homes, and Crescent Park's stately mansions inspire awe.

This edition of Our Neighborhoods is peopled with anecdotes about what it's like to live in the city's neighborhoods. Like the old Sesame Street song lyric "Who are the people in your neighborhood? They're the people that you meet when you're walking down the street..."

Residents who were willing to open up their lives and offer their opinions about teardowns, traffic and even technology made the stories better. When people are willing to get out of their homes, go to neighborhood parks, connect over dogs or strollers or a Fourth of July picnic, it's clear that those connections strengthen neighbors and neighborhoods.

The stories of the people and the neighborhoods they live in make up Palo Alto, and you can read about them all in the most recent Neighborhoods publication or through the links below.

The Neighborhoods publication, like Palo Alto itself, is ever-evolving. If we've missed your neighborhood, or if you have additional tidbits about your neighborhood you'd like to share with the Weekly, please let us know.

- See more at: Palo Alto Neighborhoods


Adobe Meadow/Meadow Park

Barron Park

Charleston Gardens

Charleston Meadows

College Terrace

Community Center

Downtown North

Duveneck/St. Francis

Esther Clark Park

Evergreen Park


Greater Miranda

Green Acres


The Greenhouse


Leland Manor/Embarcadero Oaks/Garland



Monroe Park

Old Palo Alto

Palo Alto Hills

Palo Alto Orchards

Palo Verde


San Alma

South of Midtown


St. Claire Gardens

Triple El

University South


Walnut Grove


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Posted by Henry Zwang
a resident of another community
on Dec 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I am proud to be Al Pepper's cousin, also formally from Brooklyn, and I am now living in Los Angeles. I knew Al and his brothers (Herman and Ralph) and his sister (Ann) and being cousins we saw each other regularly in Brooklyn as kids and teen-agers until we all went our ways as adults. Bless you Al for being there when this great country needed you. I remember you vividly.
With much respect and love - your Cousin, Henry

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Posted by deedee
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Thanks Reading Tree for all the books.

Vanier Elementary School

Web Link

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Posted by Ralph Hansen
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Steve wrote an interesting piece BUT he only mentions Miller the first historian and Steiger the latest. There were a few more who contributed to the cause.

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Posted by Andrew Wolkstein, Col., retired
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 3, 2016 at 12:02 pm

I would like to comment on Officer Green's Award, well deserved!.
I am honored to have known Officer Green prior to his moving to California.
DuJuan, is a brother of mine earned on the battlefield of Baghdad Iraq.
He deserves your praises, as I praised him and all the brothers and sisters who sacrificed for our freedom.
Thank you Officer DuJuan Green, well deserved!!

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