Monday, May 29, 2017

May 2017 Downtown Dimension Highlights

Here are my notes from the latest edition of Downtown Dimension:
  • Fountain Alley is being cleaned up by a number of community groups and property owners, making it more colorful, pleasant, and safe. Some contributions:
    • A police services office opened up at 30 E. Santa Clara, driving out a lot of crime in the area.
    • The Sharks Foundation donated $20k for beautification.
    • Local Color on First Street and the TechShop on Second Street have activated formerly vacant spaces.
    • SJSU industrial design students have been creating prototypes for furniture and gardens to improve the area.
  • This summer the SJDA will produce or partner on a total of 55 Downtown Events. These include Music in the Park, Restaurant Week, the Downtown Farmer's Market, Starlight Cinemas, South First Fridays, and STREET MRKT.
  • Wrike has moved its headquarters with 75 employees to 10 Almaden, Suite 1000.
  • Gong Cha has opened a franchise in the former Quickly Tea space at 140 Paseo de San Antonio near SJSU.
  • West Coast Athletics opened an urban boutique gym in the Sperry Building at 30 N. Third St.
  • $2 million has been dedicated to revitalizing St. James Park, which will be used for activation, security, and beautification.
  • 55 new hanging planters have been placed throughout Downtown in May. Planters along First Street, Fountain alley, Post Stret, Paseo de San Antonio, Santa Clara Street, and San Fernando Street will be refreshed with new flowers.
To read the newsletter, click here!

There was one other interesting fact in the latest newsletter. May 2017 marks the 10-year anniversary of City Heights, Downtown's first high-rise residential building. It is crazy to think that we have only had high-rise housing for ten years. Downtown has come a long way in the past decade.

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