I hate the term real estate. It's cold and business-y, everything that tends to make me hide under the bed. What I write about is space: homes, cafes, places where you can do work, pet the cat, and Google your next-door-neighbor from 10 years ago. I write about places. And I like to do it from a personal perspective.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

High rise buildings in San Jose

Kudos to the San Jose city planners (from every trip down there, I never thought they existed!) for pushing high rise apartments and mixed use buildings. Having high rises downtown brings people back to the cities, and helps the economics of good things like public transit and downtown grocery stores. These people could probably survive mostly or fully without a car. Caltrain (and maybe BART, if the extension ever gets off the ground!) provides a leisurely ride into SF, and SJ itself has some sort of nightlife, from what I hear.

A little thinking like this could get people into downtown Oakland. It is already BART friendly, with three stops nearby, bus service is decent, and there is a Smart and Final, not to mention a bunch of Chinese markets a stones throw away.


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