Postcards from Silicon Valley

The following images are part of an ongoing virtual postcard series by writer and photographer Diane Solomon written to her 2-year old nephew, Nanji, and those interested in exploring Silicon Valley's grassroots.

Hey Nanji,

Riding my bike home I passed the Ron Diridon Station and I tripped on how low tech and minimal it is compared to how it's projected to change by the time you're grown up. 

Check out my photo. Someday, right there, you'll see the High Speed Train and BART and a zillion cars and busses and peeps bustling at what's to become the region's biggest busiest transportation hub. Don't forget the A's Stadium is slated to be built just to left of the station building you see on the left adding more people and activity to this spot.

Do you like my photo? I do.  I really like the way the street  lights are luminous circles dance across this space like magic. 

See you soon,

Your Auntie Diane

Hello Nanji,
I think you will enjoy this photo in 20 years if you grow up to be a 49'ers fan. By then this stadium's beginning and how it affected this remote area along the San Tomas River will have been forgotten.

Because I don't enjoy watching millionaires play games I've only been to one pro football game. A law firm treated my Silicon Valley wage slave job's department to seats in Eddie Bartolo's personal VIP room. I know so little about football I had no clue as to what was going on. Guys running onto the field, others running off. What?

I went to one game in high school. When I noticed the revolution wasn't there, I never went back.What will it look like here twenty years from now? Tons of cars? New nearby businesses? Street vendors? Lots of police preventing street vending? I hope in your day everyone will bike here and tickets will be family affordable like they aren't today. 
Be well,

Your Auntie Diane

Hello Nanji,

Santa Clara's City Council decided to pave paradise and put in a parking lot.

This was BAREC. The State of California's Bay Area Research and Extension Center. Seventeen acres pristine across the street from Valley Fair Shopping Center used since the 1960's for horticultural and agricultural research. It's a legacy from Silicon Valley's agricultural past.

Many people worked tirelessly to convince Santa Clara's City Council members to preserve it as public space but these civic leaders decided to build track housing instead.

Sorrowfully yours,
D

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