Today I decided to wikipedia my pride and joy: Fremont, California. Not advisable to research your hometown when you’re 2600 miles away and a little homesick anyway, but I was very enlightened nonetheless!
I got this from Facebook’s Fremont, California page (who knew you could become a fan of little ol’ Fremont on Facebook!?)
The demographics of Fremont are notable:White-Americans make up only 37.7% of the population, Asian-Americans make up 46.2%, Hispanics and Latinos make up 15.4% I’m not sure where Afghans fit into the previous list (wikipedia has some issues to work out on accreditation though…) but Fremont is the home to the largest concentration of Afghans in the United States (the reason part of Fremont is called “Little Kabul). Y’all might remember Kite Runner? Yeah, that’s got significant reference to Fremont.
I also didn’t know some of this:
In 2006 Mission San Jose’s median home value was $831,000 and was listed on Forbes Magazine’s list of the 500 most affluent communities of the US. Also, the median family income in Mission San Jose district was $114,595 in 2005. I wonder if it’s the same today with unemployment?
The MLB A’s invested over $80 million in 2006 to build a new stadium and lost $24 million because locals complained of incapability of the area to handle the traffic without driving customers away. I remember getting an earful about that. Too bad they didn’t become the Fremont A’s! They also said most of the A’s followers were in southern Alameda County, which I don’t know if I fully believe yet (maybe a scientific research paper would help me wikipedia?)
Back in it’s prime days Fremont was known for it’s drag strip, probably due to the GM and Toyota plant, NUMMI.
Before the 1906 earthquake, the largest winery in California was located in Fremont. I think Napa has taken over that role now…
Mainly I loved reading about all of the landmarks I remembered there. Just say 880, Mission Peak, Fremont Boulevard, Bay Area, Dumbarton Bridge, and my face lights up and my heart gets beating!
(also got this from Facebook…)
My favorite memory of Fremont and the local business there was on the 4th of July a few years ago when Dale Hardware displayed these at the parade:
And the best human fireworks show I’ve seen:
Can a quite Christmas with just my parents come a little faster?!