East Palo Alto (or simply EPA) is a city located in San Mateo County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 29,506. It is situated on the San Francisco Peninsula, roughly halfway between the cities of San Francisco and San Jose. To the east is the San Francisco Bay, and to the west the prosperous city of Palo Alto. Many assume that East Palo Alto is merely the eastern side of Palo Alto, but East Palo Alto is in fact a separate city in a different county - with an entirely different demographic make-up. Though the two cities are separated only by U.S. Highway 101, they are worlds apart.
East Palo Alto has an unenviable reputation for crime and poverty, a reputation well deserved during the 1980s (for several years the city had the highest per-capita murder rate in the country). Since then the city's problems have eased, although the enormous prosperity which gripped the Silicon Valley during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s largely passed East Palo Alto by. Eventually, however, the Peninsula's shortage of land and soaring property prices meant that even East Palo Alto became an option for urban regeneration. Significant gentrification occurred there from around 2000, with the construction of a large out-of-town retail park (including branches of Home Depot and Best Buy, and a controversial IKEA store) and several upscale housing communities (intended for high-earning Silicon Valley workers). This gentrification has faced local opposition, where some charge that it serves to price locals out of one of the region's only affordable communities while providing only low-paying jobs in the retail developments and consuming an increasing proportion of the tiny city's land area.
Web Sites and Links
A History of East Palo AltoFrom prehistoric times to the 1990s.
City of East Palo AltoOfficial site offering local community and government information.
East Palo Alto Kids FoundationEPAK is a non-profit organization that was founded to enrich the education of children from the Ravenswood School District area.
East Palo Alto LibraryInformation on hours and services provided.
East Palo Alto Charter SchoolProgram information, test score results, and parent feedback.
EPA.netCommunity information site. News, calendar, discussions, resources, and related links.
Plugged InEast Palo Alto's community technology program. Program information, community resources, volunteer details, and contact information.
R.E. Borrmann's Steel Company, Inc.Company profile, products, and contact details.
Rosalie Rendu CenterNon-profit organization who specializes in English as a Second Language classes, after school mentoring programs and community outreach. Covers history, programs, and how to get involved.
Whole House Building Supply and SalvageNon-profit organization working with local residents to salvage building materials that are donated from area homes and businesses slated for remodel or demolition. On-site salvage sales throughout the Peninsula, warehouse in East PA.