The big news from last week’s annual meeting for the San Jose Downtown Association is that Music in the Park is no more. Back in August, we reported that Music in the Park was expected to be canceled after 23 years of throwing free summer concerts downtown. The vibe and crowd evolved over the years, but many business owners and attendees complained that this summer’s concerts were attracting an “undesirable element,” which was a euphemism for teenagers without money, pot smokers and guys dressed like thugs.
There were other reports and awards given during the meeting, but one thing worth watching is the above video that details the 25-year history of the Downtown Association. It takes a few seconds to get going, but it’s well produced and gives some insight into how far the city has come, as well as how much work remains to be done.