What local stories gripped readers of PaloAltoOnline.com in 2014?
Our top stories this year included everything from a thoughtful piece on teachers easing the academically intense culture at local high schools by creating "positive psychology" courses to the heated clash between visitors to the Stanford Dish and residents over a proposed parking plan.
Also attracting attention were the July car crash on a University Avenue sidewalk that injured six people and the Palo Alto High School principal disciplined for harassment.
Based on the number of page views for each story, here are the most-read stories of 2014 on the Palo Alto Weekly's website.
by Gennady Sheyner, July 9
As Palo Alto moves toward adopting a new vision for growth, officials are considering one ambitious alternative that would significantly transform the city's commercial hubs: a transition into a "net-zero" community.
by Gennady Sheyner, Feb. 7
A plan to move dozens of parking spaces from the street next to the Stanford Dish trail to a parking lot more than half a mile away has created a rift between visitors to the scenic preserve and the residents who live next to it.
by Chris Kenrick, April 25
A desire to give kids a "sense of belonging" in high school is fueling a new push to restore music education in public schools in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park.
by Elena Kadvany, Sue Dremann and Gennady Sheyner, July 31
Two people who were injured, one critically, required surgery after a silver Nissan crashed into a downtown Palo Alto cafe on Thursday. The accident, which injured six people including the driver, prompted police to shut down a section of University Avenue to traffic for most of the afternoon.
by Daryl Savage, Aug. 18
In this week's Shop Talk column, read the latest on Stanford Shopping Center's big expansion, three new restaurants set to open in downtown Palo Alto and the sad closure of a 200-square-foot business.
by Palo Alto Weekly staff, April 11
Former Palo Alto High School principal Phil Winston, who resigned last June 13 citing health and "work-life balance" reasons, was under investigation at the time by school district officials for multiple allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior involving both staff and students, according to documents obtained by the Weekly from the district.
by Sue Dremann, June 5
One of the two sit-down places in Palo Alto where one can hang out or satisfy a 3 a.m. craving, Happy Donuts at 3916 El Camino Real, is closing on Friday, June 6.
by Chris Kenrick, Feb. 21
In the academically intense culture of Gunn High School, a class where students gather in "gratitude circles" and practice mindfulness exercises has become a welcome respite for stressed-out teens.
by Barbara Wood, June 18
Nancy Reyering and six other volunteers from Woodside and Portola Valley made a delivery to the Restoration Hardware store in Palo Alto on Wednesday that they hope might send a message to the home furnishings store's corporate headquarters.
by Elena Kadvany, Nov. 4
A 16-year-old Palo Alto male died on the train tracks early Tuesday morning, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn has confirmed.