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Old Posted Mar 26, 2008, 4:47 PM
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Bay Area Caltrain Tour, Part one

Back in December I spent the day going up the Peninsula from San Jose on the Caltrain stopping at various towns along the way. I decided to post the photos along with other pictures I've taken of cities along the Peninsula so these aren't all taken at or near the stations. Hope you enjoy.

Santa Clara (pop 102,361)









































Anyone think Mary looks like the actress Maggie Smith?





Mountain View (pop 70,708)



Multi-modal transit...VTA light rail and Caltrain











































Palo Alto (pop 58,598)





















































Stanford University



































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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, 18: Fremont

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I was thinking of doing something exactly like this about a year ago, but I never actually got around to it.

Nice pictures. Slowly working your way up to the city?
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It's a great idea and I'm glad one of you decided to do it! I'm sure you'll hit Redwood City, which, like Mountain View, I feel is underrated. I think they both tend to get overshadowed by Palo Alto. But both have a nice walkable downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, good transit options and are relatively centrally located for jobs in either Silicon Valley or SF.
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Cool shots!
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were there pictures of the palo alto and santa clara train stations?
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It's a great idea and I'm glad one of you decided to do it! I'm sure you'll hit Redwood City, which, like Mountain View, I feel is underrated. I think they both tend to get overshadowed by Palo Alto. But both have a nice walkable downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, good transit options and are relatively centrally located for jobs in either Silicon Valley or SF.
Great tour stepper77. peanut gallery, I uploaded some Redwood City photos over the summer and I still believe Redwood City has a more architecturally appealing downtown compared to Palo Alto. Also, it's hard to beat the old San Mateo County courthouse and Fox Theater.

^I'm not sure you're aware of this stepper77, but the empty parcel of land next to the Sports Gallery used to a Walgreens store, which suffered fire damage and was thus torn down. It was a historical building and hopefully something decent replaces it. What originally stood there,

http://images.pahistory.org/cgi-bin/...&CISOMODE=grid
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BigKidD, I remember there being a thread of Redwood City awhile ago. Thanks for that! Your thread is part of what inspired me to want to check the city out. It really has a lot of nice, older buildings. And I didn't know that about the building in Palo Alto, what a shame. They city seems to have done a good job with adapting old buildings to new uses. I agree and hope that they put something interesting in its place.

to sgoet, I did get a picture of the Palo Alto train station, which has an art deco style to it, but, it didn't come out very well.



The part of Santa Clara I took pictures of wasn't actually near the train station. It was by Great America, though there is a VTA light rail station nearby. So, I didn't stop at Santa Clara's station.
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Thanks for pointing that out BigKidD. I somehow missed that thread and really enjoyed it. And I agree with you that Redwood City has a great collection of vintage architecture.
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My current stomping grounds! Nice.
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I've been by his gate, but of course, never seen inside before.
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BigKidD, I remember there being a thread of Redwood City awhile ago. Thanks for that! Your thread is part of what inspired me to want to check the city out. It really has a lot of nice, older buildings. And I didn't know that about the building in Palo Alto, what a shame. They city seems to have done a good job with adapting old buildings to new uses. I agree and hope that they put something interesting in its place.
I concur about the reuse of buildings downtown. Also, I thought there would be a new building on that empty lot downtown by now, but it's still dirt.
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Those are some nice looking towns, and Stanford has a beautiful campus. I've never seen pictures of it before.
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Nice set of pics!
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