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Old 05-04-2010, 06:45 AM
 
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I think it is very interesting to hear some comparisons of the downtowns of the individual cities in Silicon Valley. San Jose obviously has the largest downtown but I used google street view and saw that the mountain view downtown is really cool with restaurants densely lined up the Castro street and seems to be very walkable. Do any areas in San Jose resemble that? What are your favorite downtowns or urban centers in Silicon Valley and why?

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Old 05-04-2010, 12:07 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Lincoln Ave in Willow Glen, San Jose
Santa Cruz Ave in Los Gatos
Campbell Ave in Campbell

I never have much reason to go to any of them though. OK, there's restaurants.. but they're overpriced because of their location. Little trinket shops which sell things that no one needs. Nail salons. What's the appeal?
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:57 PM
 
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I second the Lincoln Ave in Willow Glen and downtown Los Gatos. Also, downtown Saratoga is pretty cool.
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Old 05-04-2010, 05:11 PM
 
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Perhaps The Alameda and Japantown are too near DTSJ to be counted, but they're in a similar vein to those listed thus far. They are a bit smaller as a result, though. I guess Santana Row could be considered a bastard downtown of sorts, being that it fulfills in function but not really aesthetics.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:30 PM
 
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Title's a bit oxymoronic, isn't it? And I'm not bashing on SV, it's just "good downtowns" aren't really inherent to its obviously suburban/workplace nature.
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:01 PM
 
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The only downtown I have visited in SV is Palo Alto. I was impressed and would really be impressed if another SV downtown topped it!
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:11 AM
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Would argue all SV downtowns are dumpy Luddite gathering spots, like downtowns in any city/suburb in US...lots of smelly homeless, restaurants/shops of dubious quality, often annoying parking nazis, decent amt of street crime after dark

If anything, SV's own tech industry's innovations have made physical shopping/bookstores/movies/tourism much less relevant/efficient in era of Net, Amazon, online shopping, iPads, etc

And reality is 99+% of "mom and pop" or ethnic restaurants in any city/suburb are about as unhealthy and low quality as fast junk food from any corporate chain
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Old 05-05-2010, 02:11 AM
 
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Title's a bit oxymoronic, isn't it?
nope
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Old 05-05-2010, 01:03 PM
 
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If anything, SV's own tech industry's innovations have made physical shopping/bookstores/movies/tourism much less relevant/efficient in era of Net, Amazon, online shopping, iPads, etc
Sure, why bother going out to movies, browsing in bookstores, shopping or visiting different places when you can sit at home in your basement in your under wear and get it all off a cheap LCD screen made in China?
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Would argue all SV downtowns are dumpy Luddite gathering spots, like downtowns in any city/suburb in US...lots of smelly homeless, restaurants/shops of dubious quality, often annoying parking nazis, decent amt of street crime after dark

If anything, SV's own tech industry's innovations have made physical shopping/bookstores/movies/tourism much less relevant/efficient in era of Net, Amazon, online shopping, iPads, etc

And reality is 99+% of "mom and pop" or ethnic restaurants in any city/suburb are about as unhealthy and low quality as fast junk food from any corporate chain
What's with the attitude? How about mentioning some specific examples from your own experience?
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