On September 23, , the Crosby land was transferred to Sarah Wallis to satisfy a debt he owed her. With Stanford's support, Palo Alto grew to the size of Mayfield. Transit infrastructure is insufficient and cannot be made sufficient without paying billions of dollars just so Palo Alto and Menlo Park can continue creating jobs while leaving other cities to build housing and provide services like schools for workers commuting to Palo Alto. Cons - As the company grows and scales, the willingness to abandon the old ways which may have worked in the past but won't work in the future, will be critical. Residents of Palo Alto are more likely than most to be able to afford to live near where they work but many choose instead to commute - sometimes long distances. This has not changed much over the 55 year period - With VTA budget pretty static more buses in one location means fewer buses in another location.
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There were 26, housing units at an average density of The racial makeup of the city was Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4. There were 25, households, of which In the city, the population was spread out with The median age was 40 years. Palo Alto, north of Oregon Expressway , is filled with older homes, including Craftsman and California Colonials, some of which date back to the s but most of which were built in the first four decades of the 20th century. It has highly rated public schools see: Gunn High School and Palo Alto High School , a high quality of life , numerous parks and open space reserves , and a vibrant downtown area.
In addition, Palo Alto schools test at some of the highest levels in the Bay Area. Palo Alto is by some measures the most expensive college town in the United States. Palo Alto serves as a central economic focal point of the Silicon Valley, and is home to more than 7, businesses employing more than 98, people. The city's economy generally follows the economic trends of the rest of the Silicon Valley. Well-known companies and research facilities headquartered in Palo Alto include: Palo Alto's retail and restaurant trade includes Stanford Shopping Center , an upscale open air shopping center established in , and downtown Palo Alto, centered on University Avenue.
According to the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,  the top employers in the city are:. Palo Alto has a city run and owned utility, City of Palo Alto Utilities CPAU , which provides water, electric, gas service, and waste water disposal within city limits,  with the minor exception of a rural portion of the city in the hills west of Interstate , past the Country Club, which does not receive gas from the City.
The city operates both gas meters and the distribution pipelines. Hetch Hetchy pipeline 3 and 4 pass through the city. The city operates its own electric power distribution network and telemetry cable network.
A claim to fame is the city's exemption from rolling blackouts during the summer power shortages. Palo Alto is a member of a joint powers authority the Northern California Power Agency , which cooperatively generates electricity for government power providers such as the City of Santa Clara, the City of Redding, and the Port of Oakland. A local oddity is a series of joint poles; those primary conductor cross arms are marked PGE and CPA City of Palo Alto to identify each utility's side of the shared cross arms.
Palo Alto has an ongoing community debate about the city providing fiber optic connectivity to all residences. A series of pilot programs have been proposed. One proposal called for the city to install dark fiber , which would be made live by a contractor.
Services traditionally attributed to a cable television provider were sold to a regulated commercial concern. Previously the cable system was operated by a cooperative called Palo Alto Cable Coop. One of the earliest central office facilities switching Palo Alto calls is the historic Davenport central office CO at Bryant Street. The building was sold and is now the home of the Palo Alto Internet Exchange. It was called Davenport after the exchange name at the introduction of dial telephone service in Palo Alto.
For example, modern numbers starting with were Davenport 5 in the s and '60s. The Step-by-Step office was scrapped and replaced by stored-program-controlled equipment at a different location about From the s to s, the bulk of Palo Alto calls were switched on Number 5 Crossbar systems. By the mids, these electromechanical systems had been junked. Under the Bell System's regulated monopoly, local coin telephone calls were ten cents until the early s. During the drought of the early s, Palo Alto employed water waste patrol officers to enforce water saving regulations.
The team, called "Gush Busters", patrolled city streets looking for broken water pipes and poorly managed irrigation systems. Regulations were set to stop restaurants from habitually serving water, runoff from irrigation and irrigation during the day.
The main goal of the team was to educate the public in ways to save water. Citations consisted of Friendly Reminder postcards and more formal notices. To help promote the conservation message, the team only used bicycles and mopeds. In an arrangement predating countywide paramedic service, Palo Alto Fire operates two paramedic ambulances which are theoretically shared with county EMS assets.
Rural Metro holds the Santa Clara County contract and provides transportation in other cities. Enhanced arrived in about and included the then-new ability to report emergencies from coin telephones without using a coin. Palo Alto Fire also has a contract with Stanford University to cover most of the campus.
The police station was originally housed in a stone building at Bryant Street. The department has just under sworn officers ranking supplemented by approximately ten reserve officers and professional staff who support the police department and the animal services organization.
There are also 3 middle schools, J. The Palo Alto City Library has five branches, with a total of , items in their collections. For Palo Alto library card holders, the main library web page also offers links to primary source databases with collections of magazine, newspaper, and other print articles.
The Palo Alto City Library is also a member of the Northern California Digital Library, which allows card holders to browse and download the digital resources made available.
Library cards are freely available for California residents. The Palo Alto Daily Post publishes six days a week. Palo Alto Weekly is published Fridays. Palo Alto Times , a daily newspaper served Palo Alto and neighboring cities beginning in In it became the Peninsula Times Tribune. The newspaper ceased publication in As KDOW it broadcasts a business news format.
The transmitter is in East Palo Alto near the western approach to Dumbarton Bridge with power of 5, watts daytime and watts nighttime. The Midpeninsula Community Media Center provides public, educational, and government access PEG cable tv channels 26, 28, 29, 30 and Among other programs, Palo Alto Institute runs a unique film festival, the Palo Alto International Film Festival , that focuses on the ways in which new technologies influence and are influenced by artistic revolution in media.
The movie Palo Alto was filmed in the town and many landmarks can be seen in the background but the plot could be centered in any smaller town or city. The city is also served indirectly by State Route 84 which traverses the Dumbarton Bridge to the north.
There are no parking meters in Palo Alto, and all municipal parking lots and multi-level parking structures are free but limited to two or three hours per weekday 8am—5pm. It is used by many daily commuters who fly usually in private single-engine aircraft from their homes in the Central Valley to work in the Palo Alto area. Caltrain has two regular stops in Palo Alto, the main one at the Palo Alto Station in downtown Palo Alto local, limited, and express and the other at California Avenue local and limited.
Cycling is a popular mode of transportation in Palo Alto. It is also the birthplace and home of Bike Arc. The city's flat terrain and many quiet tree-shaded residential streets offer comfort and safety to cyclists, and the temperate climate makes year-round cycling convenient.
However, busy arterial streets which often offer the fastest and most direct route to many destinations, are dangerous for cyclists due to high volumes of fast-moving traffic and the lack of bicycle lanes. El Camino Real, Alma Street, and Embarcadero and Middlefield roads, all identified as "high priorities" for adding bicycle lanes to improve safety by the Palo Alto Bicycle Transportation Plan , still contain no provisions for cyclists.
The Palo Alto Police Department decided to stop using tasers to detain bicyclists after a incident in which a year-old boy, who had bicycled through a stop sign, was injured after police officers pursued him, fired a taser at him and suddenly braked their patrol car in front of him, causing the boy to crash. Conditions for walking are excellent in Palo Alto except for crossing high-volume arterial streets such as El Camino Real and Oregon Expressway. Sidewalks are available on nearly every city street, with the notable exception of the Barron Park neighborhood, which was the last to be incorporated into the city.
Palo Alto's street grid is well-connected with few dead-end streets, especially in the city's older northern neighborhoods. An extensive urban forest, which is protected by the city's municipal code, provides shade and visual diversity, and slows motor vehicle traffic.
Palo Alto has six sister cities , as designated by Sister Cities International:. The sculpture was praised by some, called "grotesque" by others, and became a lightning rod for vandals. It was covered with a large addressed postcard marked "Return to Sender. It was also doused with paint. Following an anonymous donation, the heads were restored. Within weeks, the restored heads were decapitated again, this time disappearing. The heads were eventually replaced with new ones, which generated even more distaste, as many deemed the new heads even less attractive.
A few months later, the man's arm was chopped off, the woman's lap was vandalized, the bird was stolen, and the replacements heads were decapitated and stolen. Ironically, the statue was designed not as a lasting work of art, but as something to be climbed on with a lifespan of 10 to 25 years. Palo Alto was the first city in California to participate in a class action lawsuit against major battery producers, and currently serves as a representative for various cities and public entities across the state.
The lawsuit was filed against global manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries , including Panasonic , LG Chem , Sony , Hitachi and Sanyo. The companies were accused of unfair business practices. They were alleged to have fixed prices of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which are commonly used in laptops, smartphones and GPS devices, and Palo Alto has purchased a lot [ citation needed ] of such devices.
This has not changed much over the 55 year period - As Palo Alto adds residents, more and more commute out of Palo Alto ever further distances.
Roughly the same effect is observed for those commuting into Palo Alto. Click on images to enlarge. Bus service is declining in Santa Clara County so the very real problem of getting people in and out of Palo Alto remains unsolved.
Palo Alto is a poster child for bad or lack of urban planning on a regional level. Transit infrastructure is insufficient and cannot be made sufficient without paying billions of dollars just so Palo Alto and Menlo Park can continue creating jobs while leaving other cities to build housing and provide services like schools for workers commuting to Palo Alto. Yet with the geographic limits of Palo Alto hills on one side, bay on the other , and the layout of Palo Alto streets for single family housing it is hard to see how increasing housing to accommodate the number of jobs is possible without creating total gridlock in and around Palo Alto.
Which makes it self-evident that further job creation in Palo Alto is not in the best interests of the region, including Palo Alto itself, since widespread resentment may force it to dramatically change itself in unpleasant ways.
Some sort of revenue sharing is needed since Palo Alto gets lots of money from businesses while other cities pay for providing city services for Palo Alto workers. The Census Bureau tool used is here https: Instructions on use of the census tool are here: Land Area and Density. Palo Alto Roughly half is preserved for open space. Like much of SF Bay, the Baylands was at one time slated to be filled in for housing.
Fortunately, a dedicated group took up the cause and ultimately prevailed to preserve it. The areas preserved would be ill-suited for building. The Baylands marsh area serves as a natural buffer to rising sea levels and storm surges.
Without it highway would become subject to frequent flooding as sea level rises. The shot below from a US Govt. This level is pretty much locked in by per the CA state research document "Rising Seas in California" available at: By it will look like this: The risk of fire in wooded areas is high and getting higher as global warming raises temperatures and dries out the underbrush. While it would be physically possible to build there, it is dangerous and becoming more so.
This open space preserve removes about half the area from development and as a consequence the effective land area and population density are more like 12 sq. This makes it very roughly equal in density to neighboring communities like Mountain View, Sunnyvale, and Cupertino. Let us compare commute in-out flows for and latest available.
Increase Density to Lessen Commute? One thing to note is that while the number of workers who lived in Palo Alto increased by 5, only about half that number worked in Palo Alto. A number equal to half of new resident workers commuted out. The other 39, would commute out. Commute routes would not get much better. There would still be a lot of commuters coming in. However, the commuting would be a lot more balanced with those coming in about equal to the number going out. One big question is what would Palo Alto become with nearly 4 times more residents?
Would we be saying good-bye to any neighborhood charm or quality of life? Assuming the open space stays preserved, it would mean a population density of about 20, people per sq. That is nearly double the density of Chicago, and a higher population density than San Francisco.
The question is not how dense you can make a place? With modern building technology you can make it very dense indeed. Chong Qing, China Dense enough for you?
Palo Verde Elementary School. El Carmelo Elementary School. Gardner Bullis Elementary School. Only showing 5 of 42 elementary schools. School data provided by GreatSchools. School service boundaries are intended to be used as reference only. To verify enrollment eligibility for a property, contact the school directly. Find a Redfin Real Estate Agent. This area is somewhat walkable — some errands can be accomplished on foot.
Transit is available , with a few nearby public transportation options. It's convenient to use a bike for most trips.
Palo Alto, California is also home to a long standing baseball tradition: The Palo Alto Oaks. The Palo Alto Oaks are a collegiate, summer baseball club that have been in the Bay Area since , 8 years longer than the San Francisco Giants. Cycling is a popular mode of transportation in Palo Alto. % of residents bicycle to work, the Area code: Welcome to the East Palo Alto, CA, Home Depot, where we’re excited to help you realize your project, no matter how large or small. Save Today With Exclusive Offers From The Home Depot Here at The Home Depot, (grabbed!) and made it seem like she was being inconvenienced by having to work to ring me up and make change. Was this /5(). See what employees say it's like to work at Palo Alto Networks. Salaries, reviews, and more - all posted by employees working at Palo Alto Networks/5().