AMAZING PHOTOS OF SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA (1975-2006)
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This is a wonderful collection of photographs! It took some research to track down their origin. Here is Gerald J. Greenleaf, Senior Architect of the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, to tell you himself (quoting from his email to me).

"They're part of a powerpoint presentation I made for a Redevelopment Agency Staff meeting last summer (2006). I came across a dusty box of old 1975 photos in storage. Some Agency employee back then, who unfortunately remains anonymous, did an exhaustive photo survey of a several downtown streets. I thought it would make an interesting, fun and inspiring presentation if I could take some "after" photos from the exact same spot as the originals. I had some 70's-era theme music playing as I ran the show. It was a big hit and now seems to have taken a life of its own. I'm glad people enjoy it."

I, along with many other people, received Gerald's presentation as part of an email. The photos played one at a time, and it frustrated me to have to flip back and forth to compare the shots. I simply took the photos out of the presentation and transferred them to this web page so people could view them side by side.

After some comments by viewers, I've added some information about each scene.

Enjoy!

COMMENTS? loui@louitucker.com      

Links to other pages of Photos:
San Jose Then and Now (Homes) 

San Jose Then and Now (Public Buildings)
San Jose From the Air 2007
(aerials)

The Box of Ghosts Project -- buildings, mostly homes, that are gone and what replaced them.

Photos taken 1975 Photos taken 2006
Santa Clara Street at Fourth looking east -- that's the new City Hall on the right.
Santa Clara Street at San Pedro looking west. The De Anza Hotel is still there!
San Pedro at Santa Clara looking north. When the photo on the right was taken the street was blocked off for a Farmer's Market.
San Pedro between Santa Clara and St. John looking west. The Spaghetti Factory has survived 30 years.
South First at San Salvador looking north.
Market Street at San Fernando looking southeast. The Circle of Palms and the Fairmont Hotel are in the background.
First Street at San Fernando looking south. That's the back of the Fairmont Hotel on the right.
First Street at San Fernando looking north. Light rail tracks run on the right.
Fourth Street at San Fernando looking north. The Martin Luther King Library is out of view off your right shoulder.
San Fernando at Fourth Street looking east. That's the Martin Luther King Library on the right.
First Street at San Carlos looking north. The light rail system makes a turn from San Carlos onto First Street here.
Third Street at San Fernando looking north. And it's still one-way going north at this point.
San Fernando at South Almaden looking northeast
San Carlos just west of Market looking south. That's San Jose's Convention Center.
San Carlos east of Woz Way looking north. The Adobe Systems building in the background. An entrance to the Guadalupe River
Park is on the right.
San Carlos at Woz Way looking east.
Almaden Boulevard just north of San Fernando looking north. And the De Anza Hotel is still there!
South Second Street at San Fernando looking north. The light rail system is coming toward you on the right side of the street (left in this view)
South Second Street at San Fernando looking east. Light rail track in the foreground, running south at that point.
San Fernando at Third Street looking east.
Post Street at Market looking east.
Fourth Street, between San Carlos and San Fernando, looking west down the Paseo de San Antonio
Market Street between San Carlos and San Fernando looking east down the Paseo de San Antonio. The Fairmont Hotel is on the left
San Carlos at Fourth Street looking east. You used to be able to drive through San Jose State University campus, and now you can't.
Second Street at San Fernando looking east. Light rail track in the foreground, running south at that point.
San Salvador at South First Street looking south.
Park Avenue at Market looking east. The Fairmont Hotel is in the background.
Market Street at San Fernando looking northwest. St. Joseph's Cathedral is out of view on the right side of the street.
Want to see more "San Jose Then and Now" photos ??
How about a small collection of 2007 aerial photos of downtown San Jose?

Another email I received as a result of posting this page came from Marc E. Powell, currently a Senior Signal Designer at Hexagon Transportation Consultants.:

From 1978 to 2000, I was a City of San Jose employee working in what is currently the Department of Transportation.  In the early 1980's (I can't recall exactly when) I salvaged the box of rolled-up pictures and negatives from office trash.  The box sat under my desk for at least 15 years until, shortly before I left the City, I gave it to a Redevelopment Agency employee.  Unfortunately, I can't recall his name.  At any rate, I was beginning to regret having given away the pictures, since I feared that they had finally made into the "landfill" I had saved them from so many years earlier.  I am glad to see that they are safe and are being used for a good purpose.

 

Links to other pages of Photos:
San Jose Then and Now (Public Buildings) 

San Jose Then and Now (Homes) 
San Jose From the Air 2007
(aerials)

The Box of Ghosts Project -- buildings, mostly homes, that are gone and what replaced them.

This page brought to you by the Buena Vista Neighborhood Association ... www.bvnasj.org

 

 


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