The divide between Silicon Valley’s creative class and their blue-collar neighbors could be a harbinger of things to come for the rest of America.
A sign at the entrance to Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park. The valley’s economic base has shifted from hardware and software to social media, where the profits come from advertising and the selling of users’ data.
Photo by Flickr/Nina Stawski
Across the railroad tracks past the tiny Atherton station, we were now in the featureless, nearly treeless, semi-industrial flatlands of Menlo Park stretching eastward to the bay. The demographic change was instant: ¡No se habla inglés!
Photo courtesy Creative Commons/Tumbenhaur
Bikes at Google’s Mountain View campus. I explored at noontime, huffing and puffing on Google-supplied bicycles painted in Google-signature primary colors.
Photo by Raido Kaldma
A business on the border of Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. There were suddenly plenty of commercial establishments—ramshackle, brightly painted, graffiti-adorned storefronts with hand-painted business signs mostly in Spanish.