San Jose’s Moment: Google and Downtown’s ‘West Side Story’

Is this finally San Jose’s moment for downtown to realize its potential as a vital and beautiful urban community?

San Jose Downtown Association Executive Director Scott Knies Pushes Back on Diridonification

Scott Knies, executive director of the San Jose Downtown Association, has quite a few initiatives—none bigger than his quest to stop Diridonification.

Downtown San Jose’s Yoga Shala Searches for New Digs After Lease Deal Fell Through

The future of longtime yoga studio in San Jose has suddenly been thrown into doubt, prompting its owner to ask the city for help.

Google Unveils Plan to Set Up Shop in Central San Jose—Will Downtown Ever Be the Same?

The proposed Diridon Station Googleplex has San Jose officials seeing dollar signs while local businesses, residents suspect the end is nigh.

A Look at Who’s Funding San Jose Council Races, Local Measures

Political donors have spent more than $1.6 million on three San Jose ballot measures and another $822,000 on three City Council contests.

Regional Minimum Wage Plan Gains Support, Could Include Controversial Exemptions

A regional minimum wage plan has generated broad support, but also anxiety that a segment of low-income workers will be left behind.

Little Portugal Residents Fume over Stalled Road Work

Five weeks after contractors hit a gas line, it’s unclear when work will resume on a bus route connecting East Side to downtown.

Go Big or Go Home: SJDA Slams First Street Development Plan

Plans to revamp an old office building on the corner of First and Santa Clara streets are too drab and unambitious for the city center, according to the San Jose Downtown Association.

Knight Cities Challenge Selects 2 San Jose Grant Proposals

San Pedro Squared, a proposal to liven up a downtown San Jose parking garage with pop-up shops, won a sizable grant from the Knight Cities Challenge. Tim McCormick’s Houslets project—prototyping and deploying tiny, low-cost modular homes—also won seed money.