The city, which is featured as case study in Richard Rothstein’s Color of Law, exists on the edge of Silicon Valley but is an epitome of what the lack of spatial justice looks like. Located across from City Hall, the Four Corners site exists in the center of the city. It is the former home of Nairobi Village, a strip mall that had been a source of community pride and a symbol of self reliance in its heyday, before falling into disrepair in the 1980s.
Sand Hill Property Company purchased the site in 2019 seeking to develop the project into a vibrant and inclusive “Main Street” that blends retail, dining, housing, employment, community services, and inviting public spaces. The initial work here was focused doing a community-engaged process to identify how to create a sense of belonging and create a place that feels truly as the heart of the city.