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Old 02-10-2011, 11:02 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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SJ is the nerd epicenter of America, LA is the tacky entertainment epicenter of America. Traffic, city street layout, and architecture feel very similar. Santana Row is a lot like the Grove. Traffic jams and jumbled freeways exist in both. SJ has a lot of Mexican culture, and a lot of palm trees, like LA. So SJ looks a lot like LA, but the culture is more iPad than lip injection.
I've lived in the Silicon Valley for 20 years and I'm not sure where all the nerds are. It seems to me most of the people I run into are contractors, woodworkers, realtors.. the people I do know who work in high-tech spend zero time on it after they leave the office.
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Hills & Hollers of the Aux Arcs
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I am considering moving out of Los Angeles (Glendale) to the San Jose area...have any of you done that? And if so, what have been the positive aspects of such move...THANKS for your input...
Can't speak to the benefits but it seems to me you'll just be trading sprawl with as beach to sprawl without one and getting a shift in diversity.
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:26 PM
 
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Can't speak to the benefits but it seems to me you'll just be trading sprawl with as beach to sprawl without one and getting a shift in diversity.
Heh, I'm pretty sure Glendale to Santa Monica would take longer than San Jose to Santa Cruz; and highway 17 is a bit more scenic.
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Old 02-10-2011, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Hills & Hollers of the Aux Arcs
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Heh, I'm pretty sure Glendale to Santa Monica would take longer than San Jose to Santa Cruz; and highway 17 is a bit more scenic.
Ya got me there!
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Old 02-10-2011, 03:31 PM
 
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Heh, I'm pretty sure Glendale to Santa Monica would take longer than San Jose to Santa Cruz; and highway 17 is a bit more scenic.
Definitely not! Have you ever driven the 17 to Santa Cruz on a sunny weekend? Glendale to Santa Monica is less than 20 miles amd you have the choice of multiple routes. The recommended scenic route is Sunset Blvd. through Beverly Hills,Brentwood and Pacific Palisades.
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Old 02-10-2011, 04:03 PM
 
Location: the illegal immigrant state
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Great thread for me as I'm a native San Josean. I used to have no desire to live in LA- my perception was it has a hotter climate, worse air quality, worse traffic and a more ubiquitous gangbanger culture. Probably not an objective perception but that's how LA is so often depicted in the media.

As a native Californian, though, I've recently developed a desire to live in CA's bigger, more prominent metropolis for a few years but you make me want to revert to my previous revulsion to LA .

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I had my personal safety problems in SJ but the atmosphere was not as negative there as it is down here. When I first moved here, I couldn't get used to all the police action, complete with sirens. In SJ, to get that kind of police action, a person had to live in the downtown area. It was so quiet in Saratoga I could sleep at any time of the night or day. I miss SJ and the entire Bay area.
..you're comparing a safe, affluent bedroom community of the SV with what look like one of LA's more run-down parts, though.

East Side San Jose has the character you describe LA as having, if not with the same intensity.

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I've lived in the Silicon Valley for 20 years and I'm not sure where all the nerds are. It seems to me most of the people I run into are contractors, woodworkers, realtors.. the people I do know who work in high-tech spend zero time on it after they leave the office.
You've implied what I've long believed; San Jose's residents are mostly working class people. That is to say- even those who have improved their economic status still have a working class character and culture.

The middle-to-upper class people in the SV are almost all west of SJ. I'm talking about Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto. They have a totally different culture.
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:39 PM
 
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Definitely not! Have you ever driven the 17 to Santa Cruz on a sunny weekend? Glendale to Santa Monica is less than 20 miles amd you have the choice of multiple routes. The recommended scenic route is Sunset Blvd. through Beverly Hills,Brentwood and Pacific Palisades.
What fool would do that? I head over Friday night.
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:07 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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What fool would do that? I head over Friday night.
Though that brings more surprise deer-crossing into play. Hwy 17 was closed for a while last night due to an injured mountain lion lurking about the road near Lexington Reservoir.
Otherwise, it is a better idea to plan trips over the hill which don't coincide with everybody else doing the same thing at the same time, i.e. hot summer Saturday mornings. It's a good thing to have a regular place picked out to stay overnight in SC, rather than brave the return-trip crowds, or drive after partying.
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:30 PM
 
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I am very familiar with both places and have to agree that the San Jose area is less populated, cleaner and for some people a better place to live. But its like comparing apples to oranges. L.A. has more excitement, the entertainment capital of the world. Bottom line both are very desirable places to live..it depends who you are and where the best vibes are.. I would love to have real estate properties in both areas, I would never be bored
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Old 02-12-2011, 11:18 AM
 
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If high speed rail ever gets built you can live in either and have the benefits of both. The trip from LA to SJ will be less than two hours and will probably cost less than $50. They might even have some kind of monthly pass for those who make the trip often.
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