Prioritizing the pedestrian experience. Plaza Ramona was part of downtown Palo Alto’s revitalization, making a major contribution to walkability and drawing foot traffic to the Ramona Historic District’s retail business. The project features two components connected by an upper story bridge, which forms a gateway into the mid-block pedestrian alley and plaza. DES redesigned the service alleys to create the new pedestrian axis and visual connection to City Hall. Landscaped courtyards and plazas increase pedestrian access to the stores. Plaza Ramona features three stories of office space and ground-floor retail, while two floors of underground parking take cars off the street and help preserve the historical feel of the neighborhood.