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"The businesses on Castro Street seem to pick up around lunchtime and so does the traffic on 101. So yeah, there appear to be signs of an upturn."
Ryan McDaniel, San Francisco
"I cannot find a job for the life of me. I am a convicted felon, and I cannot find a job at all. I used to work in health care and I didn't have to worry about the economy, but now, trying to find a job anywhere is pretty much impossible."
Joshua Seymour, Campbell
"I think the local economy is doing better and better, but since the earthquake in Japan, I think the economy will go down a bit."
Andy Li, China
"I don't think the economy is progressing, it's pretty status quo. I think locally it's on its way up, but it's a very slow progression."
Chris Chow, Campbell
"I've found that this is a very nice, vibrant area. The restaurants have a lot of energy and I don't see a lot of personal depression here amongst the businessmen. And I don't hear any complaining."
Beau Gill, Half Moon Bay
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