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Old Posted Mar 19, 2008, 5:28 PM
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Fremont, CA

I've been meaning to put together my collection of Oakland pictures and simply haven't had time, so, I thought I'd share my photos of the Bay Area's fourth largest city Fremont. Despite having over 210,000 residents and being located about halfway between Oakland and San Jose, Fremont really has no skyline or skyscrapers to speak of. But, there is more to the city than just a typical California sprawling bedroom community. The city itself is actually made up of several smaller communities that merged together to form one larger city. And if you look closely, the reminants of those old cities can still be seen.

















































Lake Elizabeth









Niles



































Centerville

























Unfortunately, this what most people see when they visit Fremont



Irvington

























Mission San Jose



















Warm Springs





I'll end with a cool aerial I shot from my plane window flying back from San Diego


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Tour of California

1: Los Angeles, 2: Hollywood, Glendale, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, 3: Riverside, Santa Ana, Long Beach, 4: San Jose, 5: San Diego, 6: Fresno, 7: Stockton, Modesto, 8: Gold Country, 9: Eureka, Arcata, 10: Monterey, Carmel, 11: Santa Cruz, 12: Sacramento Pt One, 13: Sacramento Pt Two, 14: Roseville & Folsom, 15: Concord & Walnut Creek, 16: Tri-Valley, 17: Berkeley, Emeryville

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Old Posted Mar 19, 2008, 5:51 PM
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Great shots as usual, I did not know Fremont was a collection of old towns.
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Old Posted Mar 19, 2008, 6:39 PM
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Another fine California tour
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Interesting. Until now, Fremont has been a place I knew only as the terminus of a BART line and somewhere they show on local weather maps. And once I worked with someone who lived there.
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Fremont gets a bad rap because of how it looks on 880. It's nice to see more of it than that.
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What a comprehensive tour! I don't think you intended that last shot (aerial) to be a part of the Warm Springs segment, but just in case others might get confused, that is Niles with Niles Canyon (a really cool little drive/bike/train ride) winding up to the top of the photo.

Mission SJ also has a little commercial strip, including a good coffee shop and a place called the Cheese Taster that I've heard is worth checking out (although I've never done so).
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I'm not the biggest fan of Fremont, but I will say two things it has going for it -

1) wonderful ethnic neighborhoods (mainly Indian and Chinese) makes for some of the best down home style ethnic restaurants in the Bay Area, and

2) the Fremont Bart station is a pretty significant South Bay hub, the only place where Bart, AC Transit, and Santa Clara VTA (and also ACE train station within walking distance? not sure...) meet

Thanks for sharing the pictures!
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Interesting to see Fremont. I'd been aware of its status as the terminal of one of the BART lines and as a result had been curious what it looked like.

Just found out today a friend of mine made it into the Berkeley Law School for this fall. So I have a feeling I'll be heading out to the Bay Area at some point in the near future for some exploration on my own.
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Ridden through there many times on Amtrak. Didn't Charlie Chaplin film a few movies in Niles?
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nice photos as always stepper. keep up the nice pix of the (lower) east bay. i rarely make it down there - looks pleasant!

ive said it b4, but boy am i glad to live in cali - nice towns everywhere
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Interesting! Like a lot of people, my only experience with Fremont is from 880, and so I'd imagined typical sprawlsville...all the way up to Oakland (worst drive ever). And I was in Union City recently...very blah.

But these are quite cool. The scope of your tour is ridiculous.
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Just found out today a friend of mine made it into the Berkeley Law School for this fall. So I have a feeling I'll be heading out to the Bay Area at some point in the near future for some exploration on my own.
WHICH Berkeley Law School? Only one of them (Boalt Hall) is in Berkeley. The other one (Hastings) is in SF, unless that's officially part of UCSF (I think of it as Berkeley #2 because UCSF is mainly a medical institution). They are both UC, anyway.
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WHICH Berkeley Law School? Only one of them (Boalt Hall) is in Berkeley. The other one (Hastings) is in SF, unless that's officially part of UCSF (I think of it as Berkeley #2 because UCSF is mainly a medical institution). They are both UC, anyway.
If I am not mistaken, Hastings stands alone and isn't a subset of either UCSF or UC Berkeley. I work in HR/Benefits for the UC system and we do treat Hastings as a separate UC location.

Thanks for all the comments. To be honest, the only real time I spent in Fremont before exploring it with my camera was to either go to the Fry's off of 680 or to Olive Garden for one of my best friend's birthday. I myself was surprised how interesting it ended up being.
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I read that the town of Niles was used for many film shoots during the 20's and it was one of the places that film companies were looking to relocate to. In the end they chose the sleepy town of Hollywood over Niles. I assume that is why there is a charlie chaplin mural in Niles. Imagine if the film companies had made Niles there headquaters!
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Charlie Chaplin and Arnold Schwarzenegger....that marvelous black box that they blew up in Terminator II is in Fremont.
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I have always wondered what Fremont looked like. Thanks for the post. What time of year were these taken? It look so lush for winter?
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