RENTCafe has 10 "Now-and-Then" photos that compare specific San Jose areas in 2008 to what they look like now. All you do is move the slider on each photo to quickly compare the two time periods. The article also has some flattering quotes such as this one:
"The downtown area in particular is transforming into a bustling live-work-play neighborhood with new residential towers bringing density to the business district."
Head over to the source link to read the article and go through all of the photos!