Almost a decade ago, Facebook’s chief product officer Chris Cox (pictured above) started playing weddings with a reggae band out of East Palo Alto. At the time, the company had barely launched beyond college campuses and Cox had just finished Stanford.
East Palo Alto, in contrast, is this community that sits right across the Highway 101 from Palo Alto, the originally home city of Silicon Valley which gave rise to iconic companies like Hewlett-Packard, VMWare, Tesla and Facebook itself.
Unlike its neighbor to the west, East Palo Alto has double the unemployment rate and one-third of its residents lack more than a high school diploma. As I wrote about last month in a very long and through history, a lot of this has to do with unjust land-use and local government policies from the past 70 years.
Today, Facebook’s headquarters sits right on the Menlo Park and East Palo Alto border…
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