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Allowing Unauthorized Immigrants to Learn and Earn Legally Will Help the Economy

There are approximately 2.5 million unauthorized immigrant residents in California of which approximately 1.5 million are working and another 300,000 or so are children. If...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 11, 2014
Last comment by Steve, 37 minutes ago | 33 comments | 2231 Views

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Improve Mobility to Address Inequality

Discussions about poverty and inequality are in the news these days. I have been asked about inequality especially in the Bay Area by several reporters recently....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 4, 2014
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Apr 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm | 36 comments | 5530 Views

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Recent Job and Population Trends

The community is about to begin a process to update the Housing Element. The central focus is on the short term from 2015 to 2023. I know that staff is especially...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Mar. 10, 2014
Last comment by Garrett , on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm | 22 comments | 2952 Views

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Planning for the Future in Palo Alto and the Region

I recently attended two meetings where the future of the region and Palo Alto were discussed. One was a class at Stanford where students presented their summary...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 27, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on Mar 11, 2014 at 1:49 pm | 85 comments | 4343 Views

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My Home Was Built by a Developer

Town Square is full of angry comments about developers who have built office buildings recently in Palo Alto and council action with regard to these developments. I...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 12, 2014
Last comment by Garrett83, on Feb 20, 2014 at 10:02 am | 58 comments | 6182 Views

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Economy Blog #5: Are landlords greedy?

The issue of "greedy landlords" seems to a subject of great passion and interest on Town Square. What follows is my economist perspective on the question of...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 5, 2009
Last comment by stephen levy, on Feb 17, 2014 at 9:37 pm | 10 comments | 7399 Views

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2014 Silicon Valley Index

Each year Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation publish an Index of economic, social and other indicators for the Silicon Valley...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 5, 2014
Last comment by Garrett, on Feb 11, 2014 at 9:45 pm | 3 comments | 2505 Views

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CalTrain--Trends and Implications

This column explores the importance of CalTrain service to the peninsula and Palo Alto and the policy implications. The basic data and trends Average weekday...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jan. 30, 2014
Last comment by Martin, on Feb 11, 2014 at 1:49 pm | 27 comments | 3868 Views

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Palo Alto by the Numbers

Below are some facts about Palo Alto's population. Some come from the 1990, 2000 and 2010 Census and some come from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey. In...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jan. 18, 2014
Last comment by Steve Levy, on Jan 25, 2014 at 3:08 pm | 24 comments | 3069 Views

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Planning and Investing for Whom

Recent planning discussion in Palo Alto has centered around development issues with many residents dissatisfied with the pace of housing and office growth. One rallying...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jan. 10, 2014
Last comment by Crescent Park Dad, on Jan 15, 2014 at 6:59 pm | 14 comments | 5045 Views

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Should Zoning Ever Change

My answer is yes just as it is for laws regarding civil rights when I was growing up in the 1950s or for laws regarding gay marriage or a women's right to choose....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jan. 3, 2014
Last comment by Ban PC, on Jan 12, 2014 at 3:17 pm | 38 comments | 6757 Views

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Population Growth

The state Department of Finance released population estimates for 2013 on December 12, 2013. Here are some of the key results relating to Bay Area growth. Since...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Dec. 15, 2013
Last comment by Steve Levy, on Jan 3, 2014 at 3:21 pm | 54 comments | 7916 Views

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Reader's Choice

I usually write on topics that interest me or about recent economic news. For this blog I invite questions on the local, state and national economy issues and...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Dec. 22, 2013
Last comment by Sam, on Dec 31, 2013 at 2:42 pm | 7 comments | 5197 Views

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Developers and Development

Town Square has a lot of posts angry about the pace of development in Palo Alto and tossing around inflammatory statements about developers and the City Council. But...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Dec. 3, 2013
Last comment by Burned out in traffic, on Dec 10, 2013 at 11:33 pm | 32 comments | 12255 Views

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Keeping Palo Alto a Desirable Place to Live and Work

Despite what the majority of Town Square posters say, we know that Palo Alto is a very desirable place to live and work from the perspective of new residents and...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 26, 2013
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Nov 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm | 40 comments | 9809 Views

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Regional Growth Plans Explained

Last month the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) adopted Plan Bay Area, an integrated land use and transportation...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Aug. 9, 2013
Last comment by Steve Levy, on Nov 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm | 32 comments | 4736 Views

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Public Investments for Palo Alto's Future

The Palo Alto city council is reviewing infrastructure investment priorities in anticipation of asking voters to approve new funding measures in 2014. The largest...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 10, 2013
Last comment by Leo Tolstoy, on Oct 26, 2013 at 1:48 am | 20 comments | 7327 Views

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Reintroducing Myself and This Blog

I want to reintroduce myself and talk a bit about how I see this blog. I came to Palo Alto in 1963 to attend Stanford and have lived in the area since. Nancy and...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 5, 2013
Last comment by Paul Bendix, on Oct 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm | 3 comments | 4549 Views

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Reintroducing Myself and This Blog

I want to reintroduce myself and talk a bit about how I see this blog. I came to Palo Alto in 1963 to attend Stanford and have lived in the area since. Nancy and...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 5, 2013
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Oct 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm | 1 comment | 214 Views

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Parking-My Two Cents

When I moved here in the 1960s parking was not a major problem or headache for residents. I suspect this was true up and down the towns in San Mateo and Santa Clara...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 27, 2013
Last comment by Garrett, on Oct 1, 2013 at 1:57 pm | 18 comments | 2136 Views
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Gourmet hot dogs, sausage food truck coming to the Peninsula
By Elena Kadvany | 8 comments | 2,804 views

Allowing Unauthorized Immigrants to Learn and Earn Legally Will Help the Economy
By Steve Levy | 33 comments | 2,231 views

Finding mentors in would-be bosses
By Jessica T | 0 comments | 1,333 views

Menlo Park's Youthful Future
By Paul Bendix | 6 comments | 1,326 views

All This Arguing . . .
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,293 views