rural elements remain

When we moved to Gilroy in 1997 it seemingly had the aspiration of being a bedroom community to Silicon Valley. While there was a strong component of that for a while, I don’t think it ever fulfilled the promise the city fathers were seeking. Nonetheless, the city has grown a lot in that time. Witness the businesses that we did not have in 1997, but which we have today, and have had for several years: Costco, Home Depot, Target, Barnes & Noble, Sports Authority, Lowe’s, Kohl’s, Staples, and Best Buy.

Still the rural element remains. When we get off the freeway and head for our house, we drive through a couple of miles of working farmland. And while our neighborhood is thoroughly suburban in its demeanor, we do not have to go far for a rural appearance and feel. The picture below is right at the halfway point of one on my walking routes.

It’s one of the things we enjoy about where we live.

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