Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Planned Developments along Stevens Creek Blvd.

CTA25 from the San Jose Development Forum created a nice map of all the development projects that are in progress along Stevens Creek and West San Carlos. This goes to show that the development boom is extending well outside of Downtown San Jose. Now all we need is a hyperloop or some other form of mass transit running along this corridor.

Click on the image below for the full resolution.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Hotel Valencia's Oktoberfest

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Hotel Valencia’s Oveja Negra Restaurant on Thursday, 9/26/19 from 5:30pm – 9pm.

Cost is $40 per person and must be 21+ to attend. Oveja Negra will serve up tapas, a build your own Bratwurst station (yum!) and beer tastings from Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Hapa’s Brewing Company, Camino Brewing, Clandestine Brewing & Original Pattern Brewing Company.


Friday, September 13, 2019

Brews+Bites this Saturday!

New Brews + Bites event celebrates growing local beer and food cultures - event Sept. 14 in Circle of Palms, downtown San Jose

SAN JOSE – Brews + Bites allows participants to eat and drink their way around Circle of Palms, testing and tasting craft beers and gourmet foods produced by local businesses, on Sept. 14.
“We’re highlighting our emergence of locally crafted beers and downtown’s longstanding diversity of food options,” said Caitlin Hartley, SJDA events and promotions manager.

Brews:  Altamont Beer Works, Camino Brewing, Good Karma, Gordon Biersch Brewing Co., Hermitage Brewin Co., Off the Rails Brewing, Sonoma Springs Brewing Co., Strike Brewing Co., Wildcide Cider, Umunhum Brewing, Uproar Brewing,
Bites by:  Farmers’ Union, Fast Foodie, Habana Cuba, Hawaiian Poke Bowl, Jackie’s Place, Konjoe, Lee’s, Olla Cocina, Umi Hand Roll, Sushi Confidential.


The Farmers Union - San Pedro Square
Pork and ricotta meatball in marinara sauce with garlic bread

Fast Foodie Truck 
Currywurst spiced sausage, purple kraut and sweet mustard on a soft bun

Habana Cuba - SoFA District
Beef empanadas

Hapa Musubi - Paseo de San Antonio
Spam musubi spam soaked in hapa sauce with sushi rice wrapped in seaweed 

Hawaiian Poke Bowl - SoFA District
Shrimp ceviche

Jackie’s Place - Japantown
Chicken and waffle slider

Konjoe Burger Bar - San Pedro Square
To be determined

Lee’s Sandwiches - San Jose
Famous Vietnamese iced coffee

Olla Cocina - San Pedro Square

Sushi Confidential - San Pedro Square
Cabo conspiracy roll with spicy crab, avocado, habanero tobiko, jalapeno, and tempura crunch

Umi Hand Roll Bar - SoFA District
Mini salmon skin handroll and garlic truffle edamame 

Two rounds of admissions should help keep taste buds and suds flowing:
·       The VIP session for $50 allows patrons access at 1 p.m., an hour earlier than everyone else.
·       General admission begins at 2 p.m.

Each combination ticket entitles its holder to a commemorative 5-ounce mug, five beer tastings and five food tastings.

Beer-only tickets for five tastings are $25 and a package of food-only tastings are $20.  Additional tickets are available for brews at 1 for $5 or 5 for $20 and bites at $3 for $10.

The event ends at 6 p.m.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

San Jose Light Tower Blueprint

A historically accurate blueprint of the San Jose Light Tower is now available as a poster. This was commissioned to demonstrate the technical features of the tower for the documentary film "Light Between Two Towers."

The poster is available in a variety of sizes and is a great way the show off your San Jose historical cred. You can order it over here.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

September 2019 Downtown Dimension Highlights

The latest addition of Downtown Dimension is now live. Below is a summary of the content this month:
The SEPTEMBER 2019 Downtown Dimension is now available at: 
In this edition:
  • VTA and BART are working out the details of the next phase of BART to Santa Clara through downtown San Jose. This update includes the decision to dig a deeper and wider tunnel that allows tracks to lay side-by-side.
  • The intersection of Fourth and Santa Clara streets is undergoing change at every corner.  We've got the update.
  • The map of what Google owns on the west side of downtown continues to be drawn.  The company is ramping up communications of its plans.
  • Tickets are on sale for the Brews + Bites event Sept. 14. 
  • Electronic signs to enliven the urban setting are on their way downtown.
  • An amnesty program that forgives penalties and interest on business license taxes and Business Improvement District fees will begin Oct. 1.  Average savings is about 25 percent.
  • Speaking of the West side, the City Council has approved an infrastructure fee to be paid by businesses and property owners for upcoming improvements to plazas, sewers, streets, storm and flood protection.
  • Save the date:  Oct. 11, for San Jose Downtown Association's annual meeting.
Keep up with all that's happening downtown:
  • Live and Local SJ live music
  • Traffic alerts lane and road closures.
  • Maps of downtown commercial property availability and development proposals.
  • Boom City: SJDA's continuing summary of new downtown building proposals and west side acquisitions, 
Downtown Dimension is a leading source for information about downtown San Jose news, events and businesses.  Subscribe with a simple email to, subject line:  Subscribe.
Copyright © 2019 San Jose Downtown Association, All rights reserved.

Monday, September 9, 2019

San Jose Development Projects

The SJ Economy blog has released a slick interactive map showcasing major development projects in the area. The map was developed along with the City of San Jose's Public Works GIS team.

The number and scope of projects in the pipeline right have to be an all-time high. We're talking tens of millions of SQFT of development. When using the interactive map, don't forget to use the tabs to see ALL of the projects.

Check out the map over here.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

New Shark mural by famous artist

The Modera apartment complex on the Alameda near Whole Foods now has one heck of a mural. The graffiti artist Nychos has brought his unique style to San Jose with a 100-foot long mural that shows the anatomy of a shark with the city in the background. It's an interesting and eye-catching design.

The project is called "Bleeding Teal" and was a collaboration between Empire Seven Studios in Japantown, Mighty, SAP, and Modera.

Source: SVBJ

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Solar4America ice rink expansion

This is an old story, but is still worth sharing. The Solar4America ice rink where the San Jose Sharks practice, will be doubling in size over the next few years and will soon become the largest ice rink on the West Coast.

At 180,000 SQFT, the building is one of just eight facilities in the US to have at least four NHL regulation-sized ice rinks. The $150 million expansion would add a staggering 200,000 SQFT.

The new space would have an additional community rink, a competition rink for the San Jose Barracuda, and a new practice facility for the Sharks.

If everything goes well, then construction will begin at the start of 2020 and be complete by the end of 2021.

Source: Enterprise-Record

Monday, September 2, 2019

Viva Calle 2019 Part 2 - "Parks to Roses" on Sep 22nd

Rain and hail may have put a damper on the first Viva Calle this year, but that is not going to happen again in late September. Thankfully we have not one but two Viva Calle's this year.

During Viva Calle SJ, miles of city streets will be completely shut down to let people walk, run, bike, or skateboard down the streets of San Jose. Viva Calle features multiple activity hubs which are basically festivals-within-a-festival that highlight the local area. For part 2, the activity hubs will be at Backesto Park, Arena Green, and the Municipal Rose Garden. You can expect live music, vendors, food, activities, bike parking, and good times at all three hubs. In between the activity hubs you will still find all sorts of interesting stops, hydration stations, and stores. Last year over 100,000 people attended the event.

Viva Calle 2019 "Downtown and Eastbound" takes place on Sunday, September 22nd from 10am to 3pm (streets are closed until 4pm). It is completely free and has no designated beginning or end as it's not a race. However, it appears that for the first time ever there is also a new 5K at 8am.

You can use the handy map below to locate the routes and festivities. For more info, head over here. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Garden at the Flea

It has been quite a while since I have been to the San Jose Flea Market. I had no idea that they built out a full-blown craft beer garden featuring local beers and a food truck park. There is also a stage for live music in the beer garden. These are here to stay even with the major new developments being built around the new Berryessa BART station.

There is an impressive list of events at "Garden at the Flea" which include concerts, pro wrestling, and the 8th Annual Taco Festival of Innovation (Aug 31st). To see all of the programming, head over here.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Tom McEnery is reviving Manny's Cellar

Former San Jose mayor Tom McEnery is bringing back a beloved and famous (infamous perhaps?) bar in the basement of the Fallon House called "Manny's Cellar." The bar was often visited by city elites and has quite a bit of history behind it. The Fallon House itself is a historic building across the street from the San Pedro Square Market and the Peralta Adobe--San Jose's oldest building.

The new bar would try to preserve the history and character of the former bar, and would have a period-appropriate aesthetic. I'm picturing a speakeasy similar to Haberdasher in SoFA.

The project would also benefit History San Jose as there would be a new docent program for the historic buildings and they would receive 10% of the net profits from Manny's Cellar 2.0.

Tom McEnery also wants to see if the Fallon House and Peralta Adobe could be opened to the public without charging for admission. Both are some of the most historically significant buildings in California and he wants as many people as possible to see them.

What a great way to re-purpose an area that has been used for storage for the past 25 years and help activate a historic building!

Source: San Jose Spotlight

Monday, August 26, 2019

Urban Catalyst building a 170-room hotel

Developer Urban Catalyst is planning a 170-room business hotel at 491 W. San Carlos Street, just a couple blocks away from the Children's Discovery Museum and Discovery Meadow. This will be very close to the future Google campus as well, which goes to show how that project is already transforming and expanding the Downtown San Jose landscape.

The initial design for the eight-story hotel is not inspiring, but it will help fill a desperate need for rooms near Downtown San Jose. For all of the details, hit the source link below.

Source: SVBJ

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

San Jose's most dangerous streets

A study was recently completed by 1Point21 Interactive and Henshaw & Henry, PC to find the most dangerous streets in San Jose. Five years of data was sourced from the California Highway Patrol's SWITRS database to compile the number of crashes, injuries, severe injuries, and fatalities at various intersections in San Jose. Over that period, there were 8,000 intersection-related crashes in San Jose, which sadly led to 10,118 injuries and 103 deaths.

The most dangerous regions are Alum Rock, Central San Jose, and South San Jose. Of those, the intersection of McLaughlin and Story is the most notorious, followed by Almaden Expressway and Blossom Hill. Capital Expressway and Ocala Avenue was third on the list.

To see the full study, head over here.