In celebration of the Palo Alto Weekly's 40th anniversary, news staff wanted to examine what the city is like today in light of what has happened over the past four decades since the inaugural issue was published on Oct. 11, 1979. We started by reaching out to residents on four blocks in Palo Alto, from north to south: Poe Street, Churchill Avenue, Greer Road and El Cerrito Road. We asked them to tell us what living in the city is like for them and what fills their day-to-day lives. We also asked them to share their observations about the changes happening in their neighborhoods and the city. We're grateful to them for sharing their stories, which you can read in their neighborhood profiles.
Longtime residents and newcomers alike speak fondly of the attributes that drew them here and convinced them to stay: the beautiful homes along canopied streets, the strong public education system, the vibrant civic culture and relatively safe neighborhoods. Lately, though, as Silicon Valley has continued moving at full throttle, local residents have also been wondering aloud about something their predecessors rarely did: the price of living in "paradise." Will they stay or will they go? Find out by reading that full story.