|Palo Alto Weekly 25th Anniversary
Palo Alto Weekly celebrates 25 years
Fifteen years ago, the Weekly commemorated its 10th
anniversary by getting a glimpse of Palo Alto through the eyes
who live here. By profiling three residential blocks in Palo
Alto, "The Quiet Revolution" -- published on Oct. 3,
1989 -- depicted a community in transition.
Many of the residents interviewed fretted the cost
of living in Palo Alto was too prohibitive, driving all but the
out of town. There were also concerns about so-called "monster
homes," increased traffic and the loss of diversity.
For our 25th anniversary issue, we decided to revisit two of the
neighborhoods profiled earlier -- the 3000 block of Greer Road
and the 800 block of Hamilton Avenue -- and add two new ones as
well: the 900 block of Ramona Street and the 3900-4000 block of
El Cerrito Road.
Our reporters discovered residents were more than willing to discuss
their hopes and fears for Palo Alto. We were pleasantly surprised
to find old-fashioned notions of neighborliness haven't disappeared
in this high-tech world, yet noted that many of the warnings residents
sounded 15 years ago have come to pass.
This week's cover story examines Palo Alto's evolution over the
past several years from affordable, if somewhat pricey, bedroom
community to one of the most highly sought destinations in Silicon
Valley. The resulting benefits, and problems, are described through
the eyes, and lives, of those who know the story best -- the residents.
We hope you find their observations informative and thought provoking.
25th Anniversary • 1979-2004