Jun 7, 2023

Ups and Downs: With the Right Leadership, Hotel De Anza Will Someday Return to...

The secret Dead Sea Scroll of Hotel De Anza history has resurfaced. I do not have room for the entire 5,000-word document John Lindblom wrote in 1990 when the Hotel De Anza reopened, but revisiting his old text feels like a major archaeological discovery. Hotel De Anza, its story, the people...
Ribb Street
May 10, 2023

Silicon Alleys: Ribbs Lane Is Short, But It’s Got a Long History

Dead-end streets are often incubators of history, especially for suburban explorers. In East San Jose, Ribbs Lane is an easy...
Silicon Alleys
Apr 26, 2023

Silicon Alleys: A Different Downtown Entertainment District

In March of 1991, a church burned down at Fifth and Santa Clara. Thanks to an old photo, the...
Silicon Alleys
Apr 19, 2023

Silicon Alleys: Journey Into the Past Begins With a Dead End

Near the Santa Clara Caltrain Station, where Newhall Street dead-ends at the tracks, one can begin a journey through...
Willow Glen
Apr 12, 2023

Silicon Alleys: Resurrecting the Ghosts of Willow Glen

Since the Willow Glen Wine Walk unfolds this weekend, I decided, in the spirit of this column, to take...
Bob Cowden
Apr 5, 2023

Silicon Alleys: How One Professor Shaped One Writer’s Future

The ghost of an old music professor recently reminded me of his influence on my writing career. I have...
Silicon Alleys
Mar 29, 2023

Silicon Alleys: An Imperfect Signpost to the Real San Jose

The intersection of East Hills and White Road still features one of the most vibrant old-school strip-mall signs anywhere...

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