The only ancestral story I know about birds is about 60 years old. My grandfather, a cannery worker by day, raised squab, also known as pigeons, for food. He kept them in a hutch in his backyard on East San Antonio and 24th Street. Continue reading On Kinship With San Jose Birds
Backyard is a new “pop-up space” that occupies the parking lot beside Fountain Alley. It is a product of the real-estate company WeWork. Like many spaces intent on fueling local displacement, it has begun featuring social justice events. Continue reading 6 Things to Consider Before You Attend an Event At Backyard
This is a the second of a two-part piece that focuses on three aspects of gentrification in San Jose: transportation, language, and trauma. It includes a timeline of transit-oriented gentrification in San Jose, and an overview of six stages of gentrification. Continue reading Part 2: On Language: #ActivateSJ is a Gaslighting Technique.
This is a the first of a two-part piece that focuses on three aspects of gentrification in San Jose: transportation, language, and trauma. It includes a timeline of transit-oriented gentrification in San Jose, and an overview of six stages of gentrification. Continue reading Part 1: Urban Villages and Transit-Oriented Gentrification
This project is important, in part, because of how rapidly and mercilessly gentrification changes things. It redraws skylines, displaces communities, and severs relationships (to place, to land, to each other). This project can be one way to track these changes. It is a public, living, and collaborative project. Continue reading What is Archive408? A Q&A with the Organizers
This recording captures the arcade and surrounding area of the Berryessa Flea Market in north-east San Jose. Continue reading Pulga Arcade, March 2019
I snapped these photographs on 7 September 2016, precisely 40 years and 6 days after the shopping center’s grand opening in 1976. By this time, Vallco had already reached dead mall status; that is, few shops in its ghostly (1.2 million square foot!) interior remained open. Continue reading Vallco Fashion Park, September 2016