When I drove Jamie to the airport yesterday, we went through downtown San Jose and I noticed a few things that were new to me. So, today I went back to snap a few photos near Market Street and San Pedro Square.
The first new thing I noticed was that there are lots of scooters parked on the sidewalks at street corners and occasionally in the middle of city blocks. I saw several of them being ridden, and they are motorized so all you need is a telephone app and a sense of balance!
Then I noticed some new murals and, as you know, I love street art. Some of these may not be new, exactly, but they are new to me.
I also saw that there are two huge steel-and-glass buildings going up immediately adjacent to some of the oldest buildings in the city, The Fallon House Historic Site. The incongruity of their juxtaposition is startling.
Just across the street, though, the original adobe built by Manuel Gonzales, one of San Jose’s first mayors, is still standing. It’s in a restaurant courtyard and pedestrian thoroughfare, but it is being cared for and appreciated.