Facebook uprooted and replanted elsewhere the Italian plum trees and other assorted plants. Now a road still covered in construction dust and equipment slices through the 1,200-foot-long courtyard lined with half-painted low-slung stucco buildings. By March the transformation from corporate courtyard to urban main street will be complete. It will be lined with storefronts shaded by awnings.
Employees will stroll on sidewalks or ride bicycles and RipStiks (two-wheeled skateboards) down the middle of the street to a noodle joint, a bike shop, Philz Coffee stand, a dry cleaners, computer help desk, even a burger shack that some have dubbed Zuckerberger's even before it opens for business. In a nod to Facebook's original digs on University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto, Zuckerberg even joked about opening an Oriental rug store permanently going out of business.