What is it like to live in San Jose, CA?
It’s an okay place. I was there again recently (I live in Santa Cruz) and near downtown and San Jose State. It has really fallen lately. Most of the stores in downtown in the center area near SJSU are closed. Last time I was there the Safeway (!) was closing. It’s got to be pretty bad to have the local grocery store closing.
I also saw a LOT of homeless near the university and Safeway. They were sleeping on the sidewalks and had built tents out of blankets.
In terms of safety, sadly, too many women are attacked around SJSU. Most of San Jose is spread out and you have to drive every place. But the area around the university is dangerous, especially for young women walking alone. They don’t go around publicizing the attacks (but they should, so people are aware of how dangerous it is for women).
As an east coaster who moved west, San Jose seems very sleepy to me. And there is no good transportation. Buildings aren’t being kept up. It’s a very bland town.
Just keep in mind that currently (2020) the homeless are taking over downtown SJ.
And lots of shops are closing up (except those that can’t move…)
It was sad to see so many businesses and restaurants that had shut down. I used to go to the Tech Shop, and that also closed. I think that poorly designed cities that are more suburban-like are more apt to fail (just my observation). Plus, so little public transportation, shop closures, and so spread out, it is kind of a bedroom community to San Francisco.