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Old 03-27-2017, 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Seahawksfan33 View Post
Part of it is due to the fact that most cities that are even a third of the size of San Jose give off a much larger impression than the city in Silicon Valley that has over one million people living in it. That being said, I have nothing against San Jose whatsoever, and it has been gradually improving over the years. I've even heard rumors that the wretched airport is starting to improve!
Most of those cities that are 1/3 of San Jose's size, and also happen to give off a larger impression, tends to be much older than San Jose, were once centers of industries themselves, and control a much larger metro population.

Pittsburgh, Charleston, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Louisville, New Orleans, St. Louis, Oakland, Reno, Grand Rapids, Portland (Maine), Providence, etc.

Heck, Stockton was once larger than San Jose

If you take most of the fun stuffs and sights in San Jose, they look inadequate for a 180-square-mile, 1-million-strong City. But if you look at San Jose as a 30-square-mile, 300,000-strong City, then now San Jose looks pretty damn good. And that's really what San Jose is: a roughly 30-square-mile city centered primarily around Downtown that holds practically all of its fun and sights, and that "City" is surrounded by 150-square-mile annexed regions around it that are devoid of fun and sights, but gave it a lot of people and malls :P

Sometimes I wonder, did San Jose needed to grow so big? Even at 300,000-strong, we would still be the largest city in the South Bay by a mile (Sunnyvale is currently the 2nd largest, at around 150,000 people). We would still be the County seat of a ~2-million-strong Metro, and still be the home of the South Bay-based major league teams, Sharks and Quakes. We would have been a prosperous City instead of the barely-breaking-even behemoth that we currently are, and we would have more money to put up even better sights, landmarks, and "fun stuff".

Sometimes, bigger is not always better

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Old 07-10-2017, 09:54 PM
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https://goo.gl/images/c2rB3Q. San Jose does have a good skyline!
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Yes, a real picture of San Jose, Calif, taken earlier this year (published in the LA Times) :

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