Is San Jose's Roots a Thing of the Past?
(Performers at the last Music in the Park in San Jose.)
There has a been a conflict imposed on the identity of our city as the San Jose we remember from the 80's and 90's is not the San Jose it is today. It's about how the tech world drastically changed our city, and how the art world and alternative cultures were affected by the tech industry. I offer no solutions, but more a narrative of why there is such an internal conflict amounts many of us who grew up in San Jose and are trying to find our place in a city that has left us behind.
It may sound strange to new Bay Area arrivals, but 20 years ago, before the massive power houses such as Google, Facebook and Ebay arrived in the South Bay Area, San Jose had its cultural jewels.
I learned a lot s a non native of San Jose who spent the better part of the first decade of the new millennium there. I learned that old school car culture wasn't just an east coast thing. I learned about Cesar Chavez and about how immigration and many other things. San Jose had so much to show me when I arrived in 2002. I have watched the change spoken on in this article. The modern San Jose seems to be forgetting what it once had to show. This is a City with a future that is forgetting never to forget your past. A few bobbles have burst in Silicon Valley. Even before it was a tech capital it held host to GE and the semiconductor industry. That's what polluted the land and made it cheep for tech and .coms. It always gets me when San Jose is billed as a New center of innovation. This once capital city has been a center of innovation almost since it began as a pueblo by a river. the art community in San Jose is historically and still its most endearing quality. How so many artist create so much with so little.
this is a great article. I was born here but grew up in Stockton. But I would visit all the time growing up I noticed all these changes. And San Jose has fell off In my opinion as far as cultural roots. San Jose culture is technology and money now.
Right on Hector, I just gotta say that are city is split in 2, there's Silicon Valley and San Jo....and the two rarely have anything to do with each other. San Jo culture is alive it just don't fit the dot com image...there for its swept under the rug.
I agree with you David.
hey hegotistic.com, cool piece. one thing i can point out, especially being born and raised in the valley is that san jo residents do not like san fran claiming that they are now the silicon valley. true that san fran runs tech valley companies in the east bay, but san jose is the capital of silicon valley. for some strange reason, san francisco thought they could jump on the claim and get credit for it too, which irritates san jose residents who were born and raised...and paved the way for tech newbies in the valley. God Bless. little jbozz
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