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Old 06-24-2008, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I am always shocked how little new development there has been in the area between San Francisco down to San Jose. El Camino Real still looks basically the same as it did in the 1970s. I see few single family neighborhoods being replaced by high density or smaller homes being replaced by large McMansions like is common back east.

The area seems economically stagnant with few new developments or in fill. Why has the economy of this area been so stagnant?
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:09 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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I've got news for you.. much of San Francisco looks the same as it did in the Roaring Twenties. Just because the development along El Camino isn't as aesthetically appealing as the rows of victorians, doesn't mean it needs to be razed and rebuilt with a bunch of McMansions on postage stamp lots like you see in the East Bay.

The other answer is that it's just not a boom and bust kind of area. The peninsula is stable, and there is a lot of self-sufficient local industry to balance out the multinational conglomerates that dominate San Jose and San Francisco. You don't become a billionaire by servicing BMWs or restoring antique furniture.
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:31 AM
 
Location: yeah
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Why do you think that strip is a hundred different municipalities to begin with? They like it small and they like it the same. There are no aspirations for anything more, even with the resources.
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