Palo Alto’s “second downtown” will soon experience a makeover, with a major renovation project that includes expanding sidewalks and reducing traffic lanes. But some business owners fear getting priced-out.
The Holiday Caltrain rolled into Palo Alto’s California Avenue station, on the evening of Dec. 7.
The Palo Alto City Council’s controversial proposed redesign of California Avenue has sparked outrage from merchants and residents for several years. Nonetheless, construction is to begin this fall.
San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties have 47 farmers’ markets, causing some local growers to fear market saturation. Selling at lots of small community markets requires more staff and travel for farmers.
Palo Alto selected local artist Michael Szabo’s fountain design as a centerpiece of proposed renovations to California Avenue. The street, which has always taken a backseat to University Avenue, wasn’t always part of the city.
Plans to create more parking spaces and decrease traffic lanes on Palo Alto’s California Avenue may be on hold after a group of local merchants complained about the project, stalling grant funding.
The nine-member City Council unanimously approved revamping the city’s tree removal policy at the Oct. 5 meeting after city workers uprooted 63 mature holly oaks in mid- September without proper community consent.