Downtown San Jose didn't any livelier than today's downtown on Thurs. back in the 1950's. There were alot of auto traffic that required cop directing traffic.
Wow....what happened! From these pictures it looks like Downtown San Jose took a step backwards.
Two words, Valley Fair. We're coming back though!
Eastridge put a final nail in the coffin for downtown. In 1970-72, downtown was bustling with shops like JC Penny's, Root Atkins and others. They all went to Eastridge by 1973 and some to Valley Fair. By 1976, downtown was a virtual ghost town and really lost it all in 1977. It was more lively downtown in the early 70's than today by far.
It sad to see the Old City Hall demolished I was born in 1985 and I would have loved to see this in person. This is were I was born. This is our history. It really gets to me that such architecture buildings have been demolished and not preserved. The river port "San Say", looks like an attraction that San Jose should once more acquire. This will boost revenue for small businesses in downtown and put people to work. San Jose needs iconic attractions. We need tourist to come here not for Silicon Valley or buildings that are 10 miles north of downtown. We need a variety of attractions. If any of you would like to share an editorial about San Jose or to place a non-profit advertisement on a 20 page bi-weekly Newsletter please feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com
Thank you so much for these pictures; absolutely amazing!!! St. James–would love to see it flourish like that again.