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Old 01-30-2012, 01:28 PM
 
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Unfortunately, these would invariably be more cookie-cutter Legolands. Lots of money for something that looks exactly like a thousand others in a sterile, homogeneous planned community.
Yes, but it might also help drive more density, which provides a critical mass for more amenities. The construction projects that are occurring in both downtown Mountain View and Sunnyvale are perfect examples of this.
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Old 01-30-2012, 01:32 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Yes, but it might also help drive more density, which provides a critical mass for more amenities. The construction projects that are occurring in both downtown Mountain View and Sunnyvale are perfect examples of this.
I noticed the seemingly thousands of units going up across from the MTV train station. Wow!
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Old 01-30-2012, 02:07 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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What's wrong with the airport location? I live downtown and love the convenience of being there on light rail in a short period of time.
It prevents an impressive skyline from developing. Plus the West end of downtown is very noisy from the aircraft.
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:00 PM
 
Location: the illegal immigrant state
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Worse than all the FOB's is their sympathizers and the political correctness preachers. Just look at how quickly everyone jumped on mstnghu2.

Yes, most of the FOB's do drive incompetently and are mindlessly rude. They don't cover their mouths when they sneeze. They don't seem to want to make friends outside of their culture.

Fortunately there are exceptions and I do have foreign-born Asian friends who have assimilated to some degree to American culture while still retaining their parents' cultures, making them truly bicultural. I've enjoyed learning about their cultures from them in addition to simply being friends with them. In my experience of growing up in a heavily Vietnamese area, though, this is the exception and not the rule as most of the newly-arrived seem to stay within their cultural enclaves.

OK, now someone needs to give me a sermon.
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:25 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Worse than all the FOB's is their sympathizers and the political correctness preachers. Just look at how quickly everyone jumped on mstnghu2.

Yes, most of the FOB's do drive incompetently and are mindlessly rude. They don't cover their mouths when they sneeze. They don't seem to want to make friends outside of their culture.

Fortunately there are exceptions and I do have foreign-born Asian friends who have assimilated to some degree to American culture while still retaining their parents' cultures, making them truly bicultural. I've enjoyed learning about their cultures from them in addition to simply being friends with them. In my experience of growing up in a heavily Vietnamese area, though, this is the exception and not the rule as most of the newly-arrived seem to stay within their cultural enclaves.

OK, now someone needs to give me a sermon.
They're also too busy working to pile on select groups of people on the interwebs.
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Yes, most of the FOB's do drive incompetently and are mindlessly rude. They don't cover their mouths when they sneeze.
Yeah they just go around all day with a mask over their face. How thoughtless of them.
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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Worse than all the FOB's is their sympathizers and the political correctness preachers. Just look at how quickly everyone jumped on mstnghu2.

Yes, most of the FOB's do drive incompetently and are mindlessly rude. They don't cover their mouths when they sneeze. They don't seem to want to make friends outside of their culture.

Fortunately there are exceptions and I do have foreign-born Asian friends who have assimilated to some degree to American culture while still retaining their parents' cultures, making them truly bicultural. I've enjoyed learning about their cultures from them in addition to simply being friends with them. In my experience of growing up in a heavily Vietnamese area, though, this is the exception and not the rule as most of the newly-arrived seem to stay within their cultural enclaves.

OK, now someone needs to give me a sermon.
Worse than all the FOB's are nativist ethocentrists who can't deal with diversity and mindlessly stereotype.

Political Correctness is always used as a foil by people who want to make their rudeness more acceptable.

I never hear anybody complain about Anglos who don't venture past their cultural enclaves or have circles of friends that aren't of different cultural backgrounds. Go figure.
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:15 AM
 
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what I don't like about San Jose is the damn horrendous traffic in the peak hours!!!.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:58 AM
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Location: yeah
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I'll start.

-Too many people are in SJ "for the job". Many people never really come to SJ to make it a better place to live. They just come to see what they can get out of it. There's not a ton of community spirit among a large portion of the population. The main areas where you'll find a sense of community are places like Willow Glen or other older parts of town where there tends to be more people who've lived in the area a long time.
Other than city planning disasters from 1960-2000, this is probably the biggest gripe.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:05 PM
 
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Housing Costs. For 300K to 500K you can buy yourself a really nice house in most areas of the country and a castle in other parts. Here in the South Bay (and the Bay Area in general), you have a choice between a condo, townhome with shared walls and/or ceiling (like those Tetris-style ones in Milpitas), or a real fixer-upper in the ghetto. Chances are, especially if it's a new development, you will be living next to a prison, sewage treatment plant, used-car lot, or on the site of a former industrial warehouse/dump site. Also, the construction of these things are real shoddy.
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