Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October 2010 Downtown Dimension Highlights

Here are my notes from the latest edition of Downtown Dimension:
  • Vote yes on V & W to help put San Jose's finances back on track (neither affects current employees, only future hires)
  • More retail is coming in than going out, empty spaces are filling up throughout Downtown
  • Camera 3's Lease has been renewed for 10 years
  • Clubhouse Restaurant and Lounge is now open in the former Hawg's space
  • Broadway San Jose is brining 7 productions for the 2010-11 season, up from 5 the previous season
  • The former auto repair garage at 27 E. William St. is being converted into Orchestra Palm Court Cafe, opening in 2011
  • The Civic Auditorium upgrades are about to kick into high gear, including new seating and expanded concessions
  • The City, RDA, and 1stACT are continuing to develop 10 projects to accelerate Downtown becoming "Silicon Valley's City Center." Music in the Park and the Jazz Festival experienced double-digit growth in attendance and work will continue to improve the live music scene and art scene Downtown. Some active initiatives:
    • Creating a plaza along First St. between Reed and William
    • Providing a joint-use building for arts organizations to share
    • Turn Guadalupe River Park into San Jose's Central Park
    • Redesign the plaza in front of the Rep as a gathering and performance space
  • The city has installed 80 new bike racks Downtown (now how about starting the bike sharing program!)
  • Groundwerx has added high quality LED lighting to 31 trees in San Pedro Square (saw these last weekend and they look amazing)
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