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
PALO ALTO NEIGHBORHOODS:
• [Old Palo Alto
• San Alma