Palo Alto, a city that relishes its role as the center of innovation and creator of "disruptive" technologies, finds itself in the midst of an escalating battle over architecture — a tussle that pits some of today's most prolific architects against a growing coalition of residents who are enraged about modernist new buildings and intent on changing the way proposed developments get reviewed.
After initial enthusiasm, Palo Alto leaders and residents rise up against California's proposed high-speed rail project. See story.
Shortly after Palo Alto firefighters found the remains of Jennifer Schipsi in a burned cottage, investigators determined that her death was not an accident. What happened in the hours leading up to her murder? See story.
For decades, Palo Alto's sludge-burning incinerators have been a source of embarrassment for local environmentalists. Many are cheering as the city embarks on an ambitious and expensive next chapter in how it handles solid waste. See story.