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Old 04-18-2020, 02:53 PM
 
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which downtown is better and why? Just downtown cores of Oakland and San Jose only

1. Ambience
2. Vibe
3. Progress
4. style
5. general
6. cohesiveness
7. overall appearance
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Old 04-18-2020, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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which downtown is better and why? Just downtown cores of Oakland and San Jose only

1. Ambience
2. Vibe
3. Progress
4. style
5. general
6. cohesiveness
7. overall appearance
Oakland all day long.

Source: I've lived in both downtowns. Oakland is cheaper, prettier, and there are way more things to do. San Jose's biggest problem is the immense amount of technie robots that have priced everyone out of the area. Those employees are worker bees, occasionally socially awkward, and don't get out as often -- the vibrancy you might imagine from having so many well-to-dos is entirely lacking. Business development in downtown has also been difficult and probably won't improve for the next 3-4 years. Safeway said goodbye, leaving the worst version of Grocery Outlet as the only grocery store downtown, and so many small businesses didn't survive the Covid shutdown.

As much as I wanted to like San Jose, the more i got to know the city intimately, the more it became offputting. I used Covid as a springboard to get the hell out and I'm glad I did.
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Old 04-18-2020, 04:44 PM
 
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Oakland, 100%. It's a beautiful city. Check out Old Oakland and the lake. There is a book online that I ordered and a city streets map - it is a really great city and a lot of the old architecture has been preserved.
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Old 04-19-2020, 05:47 PM
 
Location: NorCal...The Bay Area
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San Jose.....better vibe & style with all the tech.....but tbh I'd pick Sf's downtown any day over both of them.
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Old 04-19-2020, 08:00 PM
 
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Ehh, neither. Bland vs run down.
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