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View Poll Results: San Jose vs Vancouver: which is a better city?
Vancouver 31 86.11%
San Jose 5 13.89%
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Old 05-08-2018, 02:04 AM
 
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For a city to be considered a "world class global city" it needs to have some kind of international recognition. San Jose does not. I'm a pretty well-travelled Brit (in fact just spent two weeks in California and Las Vegas) and I couldn't tell you a thing about it other than what the OP has posted on here. It's just not on the radar.
I was in Britain and France: they mostly know about SJ.
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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For a city to be considered a "world class global city" it needs to have some kind of international recognition. San Jose does not. I'm a pretty well-travelled Brit (in fact just spent two weeks in California and Las Vegas) and I couldn't tell you a thing about it other than what the OP has posted on here. It's just not on the radar.
As one poster from Australia said in Topper's San Jose vs Sydney ( ya, I know ) she had to look up where San Jose was.

Silicon Valley as an area, yes. San Jose....nada.
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Old 05-08-2018, 02:21 PM
 
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I was in Britain and France: they mostly know about SJ.
I doubt it somehow. I had to google-earth it to even get an idea of what it looked like. I just visited Palm Springs and SJ seems like a larger, more sprawled-out version of it, with its grid-based road system and low-rise buildings. If you honestly spoke to anyone in the UK or France who had any knowledge of SJ, they'd be the exception, not the rule. If you could ask everyone in the world to name three cities in California, very few would mention SJ. It's great that you love your home-town, I'm sure it's pleasant, but please don't elevate it above what it is.
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:04 PM
 
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I doubt it somehow. I had to google-earth it to even get an idea of what it looked like. I just visited Palm Springs and SJ seems like a larger, more sprawled-out version of it, with its grid-based road system and low-rise buildings. If you honestly spoke to anyone in the UK or France who had any knowledge of SJ, they'd be the exception, not the rule. If you could ask everyone in the world to name three cities in California, very few would mention SJ. It's great that you love your home-town, I'm sure it's pleasant, but please don't elevate it above what it is.
It's world class, nothing to elevate!
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:05 PM
 
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SJ is completely not like PS. Visit SJ before making that assessment.
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Old 05-09-2018, 01:07 AM
 
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SJ is completely not like PS. Visit SJ before making that assessment.
Well, whatever, my point stands. I've visited California three times (and the US about twelve in total) and have seen quite a bit of it. SJ has never come up in discussion as a compelling place to visit.
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Old 05-09-2018, 10:13 AM
 
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Well, whatever, my point stands. I've visited California three times (and the US about twelve in total) and have seen quite a bit of it. SJ has never come up in discussion as a compelling place to visit.
Definitely not recently and not spending much time in downtown
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Old 05-09-2018, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I was in Britain and France: they mostly know about SJ.
Having been to the UK and Europe ( 13 times ) and having friends in the UK and Europe I can tell unequivocally that if you were to ask them to name cities in California, their answers would most like be.

1) Hollywood ( especially Continental Europe )
2) Los Angeles ( in the UK perhaps even over Hollywood )
3) San Francisco
4) Here most would start to struggle. You might get a Palm Springs...maybe a San Diego but most would be hard pressed, even those who have visited California.

If you mention the Silicon Valley, yes most I would assume have heard of it, but couldn't point to it on a map.
Very few, if any, would know of San Jose. Heck people here in Vancouver don't even THINK of San Jose.
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Old 05-09-2018, 10:55 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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http://www.touropia.com/best-places-...in-california/

Palm Springs
Catalina Island
Santa Barbara
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Napa Valley
San Diego
Death Valley
Los Angeles

Number one on this list is San Francisco. There is no mention of San Jose even under it's info.
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San Francisco is a fun and exciting city in northern California, set on the tip of a peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area. Undoubtedly, the Golden Gate Bridge is the city’s number one attraction. Tourists can drive, bike ride or walk across this famous suspension bridge to admire and photograph stunning views. In addition, visitors to San Francisco can visit Lombard Street, which is famous for its tight curves, or take a trip to San Francisco’s Chinatown section, which is the largest outside of Asia. And then, of course, there are the other big tourist favorites — Fisherman’s Wharf and the infamous prison on Alcatraz Island.
Even the most visited cities in the US produce Los Angeles and San Francisco. Where's San Jose?
The most visited cities in the US in 2017 - INSIDER

A random opinion by a California native produces this list of 18:
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San Francisco - It’s an international city, cosmopolitan culture, cuisine, and architecture. Has many world famous sites and places.
Los Angeles - Entertainment capital of the world. It’s studios and beaches are known across the planet.
Monterey - Just a magnificent town with a rich history rivaling both San Francisco and Los Angeles.
San Diego - A relatively new city as large cities go. Famous for their Naval base, weather, beaches and museums.
Sacramento - Capital of California, Gold Country Capital, River City, gateway to the Sierra Nevada.
Fresno - Agricultural Capital of San Joaquin Valley. That’s about it.
Bakersfield - Oil Capital of California. Several country singers as well.
Anaheim - DisneyLand
Santa Monica Bay Cities (Santa Monica, Malibu, Venice, Manhattan Beach, Redondo, Hermosa, Torrance) - Beaches, Beach Culture, Silicon Alley
Palm Springs - Used to be the winter playground of the rich and famous but not really anymore.
Beverly Hills - Home to the rich and famous. Rodeo Drive, and expensive doctors.
Hollywood - Chinese theatre, and Walk of Fame and a large homeless and panhandling population.
Lone Pine - Gateway to Mount Whitney, and the cowboy western movie capital for many decades.
Tahoe - May different Tahoe cities around Lake Tahoe.
Santa Cruz - As close to hippy town as you can get.
Pacific Grove - Butterflies
Big Sur - Small, tiny, and wonderful.
Parkfield - Earthquake city! The San Andreas Fault runs right through it, and it is a USGS study site.
Now Parkfield competes with Hollister and Coalinga for earthquake capitals but none of these are worried about San Jose. I think you can move passed this now and accept SJ's position in the grand scheme of things as an afterthought and not a main attraction.
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Old 05-09-2018, 12:12 PM
 
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Having been to the UK and Europe ( 13 times ) and having friends in the UK and Europe I can tell unequivocally that if you were to ask them to name cities in California, their answers would most like be.

1) Hollywood ( especially Continental Europe )
2) Los Angeles ( in the UK perhaps even over Hollywood )
3) San Francisco
4) Here most would start to struggle. You might get a Palm Springs...maybe a San Diego but most would be hard pressed, even those who have visited California.

If you mention the Silicon Valley, yes most I would assume have heard of it, but couldn't point to it on a map.
Very few, if any, would know of San Jose. Heck people here in Vancouver don't even THINK of San Jose.
1) I think most people would conflate LA, Hollywood, Santa Monica etc. I have friends living in Thousand Oaks and they just tell people they live in LA because it's more convenient!

2) Definitely San Francisco.

3) San Diego. I just got back from a trip (LA, SD, PS and Vegas) and really enjoyed it. Great nightlife and people and a cool, chilled-out vibe! Me and Mrs Bobcat won $100 at a pub quiz at The Field Irish Pub which was a bonus! Also Balboa Park and some of the surrounding areas are gorgeous. Would definitely go back.
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