Here’s a column I wrote about Alviso’s transformation on April 18, 2003:
Call it the TiVo effect.
Little Alviso, San Jose’s most picked-on neighborhood, is Silicon Valley’s new hot address.
OK, warm address. OK, at least companies will admit to having it as an address.
Three of the valley’s top 150 companies in terms of sales (Genesis Microchip, Foundry Networks and TiVo) now claim Alviso as corporate headquarters.
Yes, three. But for the buzz, I credit TiVo.
You know TiVo. It’s a machine. It’s a company. It’s a verb.
“SouthPark marathon? Dude, I like so TiVo’d that.”
TiVo — the digital recorder for people with 500 channels and no time to watch them — is approaching pop icon status. In fact, you might know TiVo better than you know Alviso.
Alviso has always been a contradiction. Sitting just north of Highway 237, Alviso holds the beauty of the bay and the odor of San Jose’s sewage plant. It has the refuge of the Don Edwards wildlife preserve and the refuse of San Jose’s dump.