What can you tell me about San Jose?

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    Jun 25, 2013 8:10 AM GMT
    Thinking of checking out the Bay Area for the 4th. I realize California can be kinda 'tricky' in some areas. Having been on 3 separate times (LA, Palm Springs, San Fran, Sacramento, San Bernardino), it seems like it's hard to tell which neighboring towns are going to have something going on and which ones are just going to be blah. I found Sacramento wasn't what I expected it to be. Didn't feel the energy there, but was easier to get around. St. Bernard was just straight up hood. Both places turned out to be completely different than I expected. SF was exactly what I thought it'd be.

    Is there a happening scene there? Is it Blue collar or White collar or mixed? What neighborhoods are good to be in, in general. Not to make a big deal out of something that might not be, but just wanted to know if it means anything that may pertain to me. San Francisco seems slightly more diverse, but not by leaps and bounds. However, I'm aware of SJ seems more of an outskirt city, are they tolerant? Just wondering what's with the small Black population.

    San Jose races chart

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    Hispanic - 313,636 (33.2%)
    Asian alone - 300,022 (31.7%)
    White alone - 271,382 (28.7%)
    Black alone - 27,508 (2.9%)
    Two or more races - 25,827 (2.7%)
    Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 3,492 (0.4%)
    American Indian alone - 2,255 (0.2%)
    Other race alone - 1,820 (0.2%)


    Read more: http://www.city-data.com/city/San-Jose-California.html#ixzz2XDH28Dqi




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    Jun 25, 2013 10:08 AM GMT
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    not a happening gay nightlife. A couples town, if you have friends you will get invited to parties and dinners at their houses. Over the weekend many gays go up to the city, aka San Francisco, to party.

    If you want to meet more black people in the Bay Area you have to go to Oakland.
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    Jun 25, 2013 1:32 PM GMT
    Better hurry. Oaktown is the next gentrification hot spot. By the time you decide to move there, it will be just another overpriced city full of tech workers that commute to SF.
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    Jun 25, 2013 2:12 PM GMT
    Does anybody know the way?
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    Jun 25, 2013 2:45 PM GMT
    Tolerant, yes. It's still the SF Bay Area after all.

    Downtown is actually pretty nice, and younger, as it borders San Jose State. But when you're downtown, you're likely to feel like you're in the downtown of a much smaller city (like 100,000 instead of 1 million). The employment centers are all in a maze of office parks in the northern part of the city.

    Affluent, well-educated, kinda sleepy.
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    Jun 25, 2013 2:46 PM GMT
    I think OP should move back to Florida. Based on all of the previous threads he's created, he seems pretty miserable in every other city he's been in.
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    Jun 25, 2013 2:49 PM GMT
    He's ok. icon_neutral.gif
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    Jun 25, 2013 8:26 PM GMT
    bhp91126 saidDEAD

    not a happening gay nightlife. A couples town, if you have friends you will get invited to parties and dinners at their houses. Over the weekend many gays go up to the city, aka San Francisco, to party.


    Ah okay. I'M just thinking a town with 800,000+ people should be interesting...but being it's so close to San Francisco I'm sure most of the gravitational pull is there and places like San Jose and Vallejo and Freemont are just giant satellite cities that orbit SF and similiar to the moon...are pretty barren in terms of what a single person new to the city can do without knowing anyone.(no offense to anyone in those cities).

    I'm from Tampa Bay, Florida (addressing the fucking smart ass prick in this thread who had to talk some bullshit) and I know how it goes. You have Tampa, and then all these surrounding bedroom places. It's exciting when you know someone, otherwise it's most retirement communities and trailer parks.
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    Jun 25, 2013 8:28 PM GMT
    showme saidHe's ok. icon_neutral.gif

    just ok? icon_mad.gif
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    Jun 25, 2013 8:31 PM GMT
    I know nothing about it but I do know the way to San Jose.
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    Jun 25, 2013 8:35 PM GMT
    sanjose408 said
    showme saidHe's ok. icon_neutral.gif

    just ok? icon_mad.gif


    Okay, if anybody's got some beef...PLEASE get the fuck out of here. Everytime I make a thread it's got to be sidetracked by some bullshit? I asked a simple question...I didn't come on here bashing anyone's city.

    If you have nothing to contribute or just feel like mouthing off...that's not a very good way to represent your city when someone asks about it. I could have asked this question anywhere else, but I asked here to get gay men's perspective from it, namely single guys.
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    Jun 25, 2013 8:36 PM GMT
    Showme was making a joke...
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    Jun 25, 2013 8:37 PM GMT
    If I were choosing between Sacramento and San Jose it would be a hard call. San Jose has the advantage of being closer to SF but that's pretty much the end of the story. Sacramento is a bit nicer and has more going on but the summers are or can be hellishly hot. Sacramento is also closer to the mountains.

    I would probably choose Sacramento. I'm already living in the same weather, east of the Berkeley hills. San Jose just seems a bit of a slum.
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    Jun 25, 2013 8:38 PM GMT
    FuzzyPecs25 said
    sanjose408 said
    showme saidHe's ok. icon_neutral.gif

    just ok? icon_mad.gif


    Okay, if anybody's got some beef...PLEASE get the fuck out of here. Everytime I make a thread it's got to be sidetracked by some bullshit? I asked a simple question...I didn't come on here bashing anyone's city.

    If you have nothing to contribute or just feel like mouthing off...that's not a very good way to represent your city when someone asks about it.

    deep breath buddy. just joshin
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    plz dont come to san jose.
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    Jun 25, 2013 8:39 PM GMT
    Lumpynose saidSan Jose just seems a bit of a slum.

    LOL, in what way???
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    Jun 25, 2013 8:40 PM GMT
    sanjose is a pretty cool guy eh does the hookah but doesnt afraid of anything
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    Jun 25, 2013 9:40 PM GMT
    FuzzyPecs25 said
    Lumpynose saidSan Jose just seems a bit of a slum.

    LOL, in what way???


    Slum is probably too strong of a word. My brother lived near San Jose State college where his area was a slum. San Jose to me is just a dreary suburbs kind of place with strip malls and lots of industrial parks. As Gertrude Stein would say, "There's no there there." It reminds me very strongly of Orange County, down by LA, where my dad lives, and Orange County is the most dreary place I can imagine.

    Edit: I take that back; my brother lives in Las Vegas. That is the utter shit hole place to live. It might be ok to visit for a weekend, but living there; yuck. Absolutely nothing to do, it's a barren wasteland, and the weather is awful.
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    Jun 26, 2013 1:18 AM GMT
    JohnSpotter saidDoes anybody know the way?



    You beat me to it. "Wa wa wa wa wa wa wa wa wa waaaaaa"icon_biggrin.gif
  • Whipmagic

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    Jun 26, 2013 1:32 AM GMT
    sanjose408 said
    showme saidHe's ok. icon_neutral.gif

    just ok? icon_mad.gif


    I can vouch for sanjose. I had a few drinks with him when I visited the Bay Area a few months ago and can attest that he is a great guy - not "just ok".
  • Lukehiker

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    Jun 26, 2013 2:01 AM GMT
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    bhp91126 saidDEAD

    not a happening gay nightlife. A couples town, if you have friends you will get invited to parties and dinners at their houses. Over the weekend many gays go up to the city, aka San Francisco, to party.


    Ah okay. I'M just thinking a town with 800,000+ people should be interesting...but being it's so close to San Francisco I'm sure most of the gravitational pull is there and places like San Jose and Vallejo and Freemont are just giant satellite cities that orbit SF and similiar to the moon...are pretty barren in terms of what a single person new to the city can do without knowing anyone.(no offense to anyone in those cities).


    Unfortunately, San Jose is pretty much ALL Industrial and High Tech companies. For the most part, very white collar. Blame Intel.

    There are some clubs downtown, and a few decent sights there, but that's it.

    Northern San Jose is pretty much ALL industrial all the way to the water, and it gets more so heading up 880. South San Jose is pretty quiet, and there is a good place off Bernal(same shopping center as Knob Hill) that does fun evening events. The Oakridge Mall is also pretty decent; but if you just want a mall, go to Valley Fair off Winchester. Los Gatos also has some interesting shopping.....Pro tip: lock your wallet in the car.

    West San Jose is mostly mini-college towns(Saratoga, Mountain View, etc.) until you hit Stanford or Los Gatos(both snob towns). There are a ton of hole in the wall places; if you know people, you can find some REALLY good places, but most you would drive by without a second thought.

    If you want my advice, carry a gun in East San Jose, stay OUT of the bars, and stay on the main roads(out of the housing areas) if you can. Actually, better yet, just avoid everything east of the 101 until the 101-680 interchange.

    If you want to do anything in San Jose, make some friends before hand; just blindly flailing about will get you no where.
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    Jun 26, 2013 2:09 AM GMT
    Whipmagic said
    sanjose408 said
    showme saidHe's ok. icon_neutral.gif

    just ok? icon_mad.gif


    I can vouch for sanjose. I had a few drinks with him when I visited the Bay Area a few months ago and can attest that he is a great guy - not "just ok".

    aw thanks whip, what a very nice thing to say. And the pleasure was mine.
    @Lukehiker- everything was spot on lol. I used to live on the East side and damn has it got bad. Im in South SJ now but the filth is making its way down here.

    Id say if you want the SJ experience maybe try the outlying cities like Campbell or Cupertino. Not as big but driving distance to just about anything.
  • Lukehiker

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    Jun 26, 2013 2:22 AM GMT
    sanjose408 said
    Whipmagic
    @Lukehiker- everything was spot on lol. I used to live on the East side and damn has it got bad. Im in South SJ now but the filth is making its way down here.

    Id say if you want the SJ experience maybe try the outlying cities like Campbell or Cupertino. Not as big but driving distance to just about anything.


    Yeah; I'm down near the hospital off Cottle. Fortunately its pretty quiet in this area.

    Only real annoying thing are the idiots drag racing on Santa Teresa at 2am.
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    Jun 26, 2013 3:10 AM GMT
    Lumpynose said
    Edit: I take that back; my brother lives in Las Vegas. That is the utter shit hole place to live. It might be ok to visit for a weekend, but living there; yuck. Absolutely nothing to do, it's a barren wasteland, and the weather is awful.

    Vegas is overrated. It's a place for people from Denver, LA and all over the mountain west go to experiece a place that doesn't shut down at 2 am.

    We have a place like that called Miami.
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    Jun 26, 2013 10:42 AM GMT
    Can you still put a $100 down and buy a car??