MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — There’s another side to the Silicon Valley area that doesn’t get a lot of attention.
As Facebook employees wonder how to spend their windfall when the company goes public, the city just up the road has different problems.
The number of murders in East Palo Alto doubled last year, from four to eight, and the riches of the region’s tech economy have not trickled down.
Some residents fear that Facebook’s initial public offering could lead to gentrification that will push out poor residents.
Money and jobs abound in Silicon Valley for people with high-tech skills. For those who don’t, the Great Recession has meant the same challenge as anywhere else in the country.
Recent figures indicate those who aren’t plugged into the high-tech industry are being left behind.