The new hot spot in Silicon Valley? 

That's right, Campbell!

By Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News   Published 2-9-2010

That's right, Campbell.  These days everybody wants to be in Campbell.

"Campbell is kind of the hip place now.  Affordably hip."

Campbell sits comfortably at the hub of San Jose, Los Gatos and Saratoga, much as Switzerland forms a beautiful bull's-eye amid France, Germany and Austria.  According to Courtyard general manager Michael McClintock, Marriott picked Campbell in part because its guests can step out the door and board a light-rail train to HP Pavilion for a Sharks game, or be at eBay's headquarters in a matter of minutes.  Campbell is in the middle of everything.

After decades of being known primarily for its prune and apricot orchards today Campbell strikes a near-perfect balance between its past and present.

At 26, Mayor Evan Low is the embodiment of Campbell.  As the youngest gay Asian mayor in the country, he also adds an element of diversity sizzle to City Hall.

Walking through Campbell's downtown farmers' market - the South Bay's best Sunday mix of produce and production values - Low is the smiling, open face of his city.  "It's a small community, and we look out for each other."  In Campbell we care about everyone; it doesn't matter which side of town you live on."

Downtown Wine Walk, is but one of the town's constant round-robin of outdoor events, which include a First Friday stroll, Third Friday Artwalk and, to accommodate its dog-crazy populace, a newly added Waggin' Wednesdays.  Many of the celebrants happily roll in by rail from San Jose.

"The light rail lands right here in downtown.  It doesn't take you half a mile away, so then you have to walk to the downtown," says Sonya Paz, whose art gallery recently relocated to Campbell Avenue.  "I'm not going to diss other cities that I looked at, but I found that the four blocks of downtown Campbell may be petite, but it packs a wallop."

"People used to say we were the next Los Gatos," said Low.  "They don't anymore."  Not long ago, the merchants association from Los Gatos - with its famously bustling little downtown - sought advice on how to generate foot traffic from Campbell.

That's right.  Campbell


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