Looking back at history through the lens of news coverage reveals the contours of a community: historic events that defined an era, ideas that rose and then fell away, movements that seized people's collective imagination and created change, annual traditions that marked the passage of time.
The Palo Alto Weekly, like all locally rooted news organizations, has borne witness to all of these things. Over the past 40 years, our reporters, photographers and editors have chronicled moments in time both small — the arrival of a new Barron Park donkey — and large, such as local residents' reactions to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
We've compiled an interactive timeline that can be viewed here to represent those distinct strands of community life. It was a difficult task to decide what to include and what to leave out. When possible, we looked for news that had consequences beyond the initial event. We hope you enjoy taking the time to reflect on where we've been as a city — and where we might be going.
This article is part of the Palo Alto Weekly's 40th Anniversary edition. Click on the links below to read the complete package:
• The price of 'paradise': Palo Altans love their hometown, but the stress of living in the heart of Silicon Valley is growing
• Block by block: Longtime and new residents living in four neighborhoods share their outlooks on living in Palo Alto
• Survival of the nimblest: For locally owned businesses, the biggest challenge is finding the right employees