My friend John Vink loves to create interesting random projects. His latest effort is South Winchester News, a hyperlocal web site dedicated to a 4.5-mile stretch of Winchester Boulevard, a wonderfully kitchy and useful commercial street that runs near his house (and mine) through San Jose, Campbell, and Los Gatos, California. Winchester Boulevard, named for the family that founded the Winchester weapons company and home of the infamous Winchester Mystery House, is a patchwork of buildings spanning more than 100 years of development and housing hundreds of businesses that include a Russian deli, several sushi places, Mexican restaurants and carnicerias, an Ethiopian market, a couple of thrift stores, numerous fast food joints, Chinese restaurants, an ultra-chic faux-downtown shopping district, and a derelict Burger King, which closed more than 10 years ago but still keeps the light on over its salad bar (waiting for Sarah Winchester, perhaps?).
Please enjoy South Winchester News, and check out this Google map of the South Winchester Boulevard territory it covers: