From the inception, the title of the book was the organizing theme. The title is an inversion of Gertude Stein’s (1874-1946) famous quote about her search for her childhood home in Oakland, CA, which no longer existed at the time of her quest. Upon this discovery, she ponders the significance of tracing her childhood and resolves the situation with… why bother, “There is no there there.” This book's title, “Niles is Here, not there” inverts the cultural loss of demolition with factual declaration that Niles has survived, is a place, is culturally significant, and is definitely, not there in suburban Fremont.
Paul Welschmeyer, AIA, is an East Bay native whose professional experience began with The Ratcliff Architects in Berkeley and continued with Studios Architecture in San Francisco. His private practice began in 1991 and maintains core expertise in three areas of practice: Adaptive Reuse and Historic Projects; Architectural Interiors, and Residential Works, all of of which include a focus in greenbuilding practices. He is a Niles resident and was a member of Fremont’s Historic Architectural Review Board from 1991 to 1998.