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Old Posted Aug 8, 2007, 5:52 PM
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Tour of California - Part 4 - San Jose

Tour of California
Part One - Los Angeles
Part Two - Glendale, Pasadena, Hollywood, Beverly Hills
Part Three - Riverside, Santa Ana, Long Beach

Since my trip to San Diego this past weekend was postponed since I was sick, I thought I'd go ahead and skip to California's third largest city, San Jose. These were taken between Christmas and New Years 2006, thus the holiday decorations and lack of people (most offices were closed that week).

Even though I have lived in the Bay Area for over six years, I had never before been to San Jose before taking these pictures, at least not to downtown. Now I don't wish to get into any debates over whether San Jose is better than San Francisco, or vice versa. There is a reason why San Francisco is simply called "The City" and no matter how many jobs and no matter how many baseball or football teams head south that will not change. However, San Jose seems to be a very nice, liveable "working" city in it of itself. The downtown actually has quite a lot of amenities, is walkable, has relatively frequent light rail service, and it seems you could live downtown and still not feel like you were living in a city of a million people.









An bit of an urban retreat




In every city I visit, I become a little obsessed with one building or another, this is the one I found in San Jose.




The planes approaching the airport make for some cool photos, but, are also reportedly responsible for SJ's lack of tall buildings




The Sobrato Office Tower...bear with me...




















Entrance to San Jose State University






Views from SJSU parking garage




Near downtown residential






A church by SJSU campus




Back to downtown




















Santa Clara County Courthouse













According to Emporis, this is San Jose's tallest












A few more before I go...




And lastly...





Added more photos taken this past Christmas
























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Old Posted Aug 8, 2007, 6:33 PM
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Thats a nice little city very neat like happy town LOL
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I think the tallest is the City Hall;nice photos ,how different is SJ of SF!
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The tallest building is the City Hall...it's also worth noting that the Sobrato Tower was completed just after the dotcom bomb went off - and was completely vacant for more than five years because Sobrato wanted to find a single tenant and refused to break it up. It was recently sold to BEA Systems for their new HQ. (Not sure if they've actually moved in yet)

And yes, the airport height limits have severely restricted downtown San Jose's growth and height and will continue to do so.

Thanks for the pics!
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A very nice tour of downtown SJ.

I love Teske's and have to get down there for another visit one of these days:
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great tour. looks like a fantastic city...except for the planes flying over.
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Pleasantly surprised, I may have to stop by San Jose for a quick visit. The strange thing is I've passed through this city many times, but never new exactly where the city was. Its always been sort of confusing because I've never seen anything from the highway (101), and I think the other one was 680? or something like that. Well these photos certainly impressed me, and its very clean. Thanks for sharing and opening up a new horizon for me.
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Pleasantly surprised, I may have to stop by San Jose for a quick visit. The strange thing is I've passed through this city many times, but never new exactly where the city was. Its always been sort of confusing because I've never seen anything from the highway (101), and I think the other one was 680? or something like that. Well these photos certainly impressed me, and its very clean. Thanks for sharing and opening up a new horizon for me.
That is one of the problems I think with Silicon Valley, in general. It seems pretty faceless. That's why I see it is more of a working city, but, San Jose is definitely worth checking out. Most of downtown is northeast of the intersection of 280 and 87. I'm not sure if you can see much from 101 since the buildings are rather short, but, you just take 280 W from 101 and downtown is a short distance down.
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That is one of the problems I think with Silicon Valley, in general. It seems pretty faceless. That's why I see it is more of a working city, but, San Jose is definitely worth checking out. Most of downtown is northeast of the intersection of 280 and 87. I'm not sure if you can see much from 101 since the buildings are rather short, but, you just take 280 W from 101 and downtown is a short distance down.

Thanks for sure I'll check it out the next time I'm heading up to the bay area.
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Re: The Sobrato Building

BEA won't be moving in until sometime in 2008. I've heard Spring or Summer.
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What a pleasant surprise -- I didn't know San Jose was that urban. Nice. It even has a couple old highrises.
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Pretty nice. I love to see those old buildings in San Jose.
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WOW, I had no idea SJ looked that nice and urban, especially with all of the crap that it gets by the forum. I should have known, though, being a California city, it would look nice. Great pics.
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Neat pictures. What is the population of the San Jose area?
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Neat pictures. What is the population of the San Jose area?
City of SJ is right under 1 million. About 975,000 i think. The Bay Area metro is about 7 or 8 million.
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Added to some extra pictures...
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Well, I am impressed. In a matter of a week, you guys have managed to change my opinion completely on a city I knew very little on except for a hand full of skyline shots. I always assumed the city was just one of those over built dot com suburb city, but it is starting to look like a nice alternative to SF.

Also with it being such a you city so to speak, albeit still having a great collection of small historic buildings, it has managed to hold a great collection of urban density and I love how walkable it looks to be. Something most young cities are still struggling to get back to.

Anyway, thank you for all the amazing shots. If it wasn't so damn expensive, I probably would migrate to the bay area...but on the other hand, I have grown fond of my northwest, I feel like I belong here, no matter how much I bitch and complain.
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Now I know the way to San Jose.
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downtown looks nice...
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Nice showing for CA's third largest city.
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