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Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268807

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268807.001.0001

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San Jose

San Jose

(p.486) San Jose
San Francisco in the 1930s

David Kipen

University of California Press

At the heart of the rich Santa Clara Valley lies San Jose, ten miles below the southern end of San Francisco Bay. Center of a rich agricultural region, San Jose's busy downtown district is dominated by tall modern office buildings; but the greater number of its business blocks date from the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Along the shaded residential streets are hundreds of well-kept, old frame houses dating from the 1870s and 1880s, set among trim lawns and pleasant gardens. Despite its having been for 70 years a town where only Spanish was spoken, San Jose has retained surprisingly little of this heritage. For three generations it has been predominantly American. The Latin languages heard most frequently today are Italian and Portuguese.

Keywords:   Santa Clara Valley, San Jose, San Francisco Bay, downtown, Spanish, heritage, American, Latin, Italian, Portuguese

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