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Being Downtown

It’s great to see that the Institute for the Future has moved off of Sand Hill Road to a new downtown office at 124 University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto.

I’m a big fan of being “downtown” — but not “Downtown”. Little “d” downtowns are like those in my own backyard: Menlo Park, Palo Alto and the other Peninsula cities. Big “D” downtowns are those like San Francisco. Little “d” downtowns are a few blocks long with lots of neighborhood shops, restaurants, etc.

Our own office is in downtown Menlo Park, walking distance to many great restaurants, California’s best bookstore, a delightful public library, and right across the street from Caltrain! Just a great location vs. being trapped up on Sand Hill Road where hopping in the car is required for almost everything.