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News - January 24, 2014

Plans surface, change for Palo Alto's central downtown site

As city proposes a new engagement process for 27 University Ave., graduate students offer their own visions

by Gennady Sheyner

When Palo Alto officials unveiled in early 2012 a proposal by billionaire developer John Arrillaga to turn a central downtown site into an office-and-theater complex, they unwittingly triggered a community backlash that continues to haunt the city to this day.

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