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The mysteriously unpeopled city of San Jose

This is not what I expected when I first came here. It is, after all, the third largest city in California (and tenth largest in the US) with a population pushing 1 million. A city that calls itself the capital of one of the most vital economic engines in the world, Silicon Valley, with headquarters of Cisco Systems, Adobe, Hitachi and eBay all located here. And it has a downtown that rivals any in the Bay Area, with wide streets, tall office buildings, major hotels like the Fairmont San Jose, and plenty of high-end and/or big chain restaurants like Il Fornaio, Paolo’s, Gordon Biersch Brewery, PF Changs, Los Gatos Brewing Company, lots of decent bars, a Philz coffee, theater, opera, symphony, cinemas, etc, etc. Continue reading The mysteriously unpeopled city of San Jose