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Josh Stephens

Josh Stephens is contributing editor to the California Planning and Development Report and a freelance writer, specializing in urban planning. Based in Los Angeles, Josh writes frequently for Planetizen, Next City, and InTransition, among others. His website is

Is Santa Clara—the Heart of Silicon Valley—Soulless and Banal by Intent?

Silicon Valley should look dazzling. It’s not, though. The real Silicon Valley is so dull it makes you want to climb atop the nearest standing desk and hurl yourself off headfirst.

June 28, 2023