Monday, December 12, 2011

December 2011 Downtown Dimension Highlights

Here are my notes from the latest edition of Downtown Dimension:
  • Half a million people are expected Downtown for Christmas in the Park. This year has a few upgrades and new promotions such as:
    • A fully working train for kids that goes around the park.
    • An $11 pin that provides discounts at 30 different restaurants.
    • Downtown for the Holidays Hotel Packages [finally, they should do this for other Downtown events as well]
    • Holiday Hat Trick pass, which includes passes for Downtown Ice, the San Jose Museum of Art, and The Tech.
  • Two Key Zoning Changes are being pushed:
    • 1.) Remove the requirement that all ground floor space Downtown must be retail. This will allow offices to fill in some of the empty storefronts.
    • 2.) Full-service hotels with more than 75 rooms would no longer need a conditional use permit to have a drinking establishment and live music in the hotel.
  • Arts Council Silicon Valley and 1stAct Silicon Valley launched to provide consumers a way to share what's new and unique in the Silicon Valley arts, culture, and entertainment scene.
  • The San Jose Public library has been awarded the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Services (first city library in California to receive the award).
  • Starting Jan 1, plastic bags are banned from all San Jose stores (restaurants exempt) and paper bags will cost 10 cents. People are encouraged to bring re-usable bags.
  • 4 New Eateries Opened:
    • Liquid on 32 S. Third
    • Uncle Bernie's Chicken & Fish on 30 E. Santa Clara
    • Grace Deli & Cafe on 303 Almaden
    • Zeytoun American & Mediterranean Grill on 185 Park
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1 comment:

  1. I was so confused the other day; Tracy asked me if I had eaten at Liquid yet and for the life of me I couldn't figure out why we'd eat at an advertising agency (Liquid Agency, located in the SoFA district) - I had no idea! Today Adam and I walked by Liquid (restaurant & lounge) and while the light outside was intriguing, and menu did look tasty... it was very empty so we passed (figuring maybe it was toward the end of "restaurant" and more "lounge" by that time.) Another day we'll try it! I love their logo too. But they are very hidden... :(