SPUR Lunchtime Forum: A new plan for North San Jose

"With a population of 1.7 million, San Jose is now the region’s largest city and has embarked on a series of major plans for long-term growth. Planners propose to remake North San Jose’s suburban-style business district into a walkable, dense corridor around the existing light rail line. Once built, this area will include nearly 68 million square-feet of office space (an increase from today’s 40 million). This is one of the Bay Area’s best examples of how to retrofit suburbia with an eye on future-growth. With Executive Assistant Director for Redevelopment John Weiss and Chief Development Officer Paul Krutko."


San Jose has designed larger curb radii into the newly widened Saint James Street, creating a new hazard for pedestrians. No crosswalk is included on the north side of the Saint James & Market street intersection. Image: City of San Jose

San Jose Makes Saint James Street More Dangerous

Construction on San Jose’s huge North San Pedro plan is well underway. It removes a one-way, four-lane S-curve segment of Julian Street just east of Highway 87 and restores several blocks of the city’s original street grid. Removing that nasty S-curve and replacing it with a grid is good, but much of the North San Pedro plan still screams “car […]

San Jose Provides Model for Bay Area Growth and Transportation Needs

Photo: pbo31 In our ongoing coverage of the adverse affects of traffic engineers’ over-reliance on automobile level of service (LOS) measurements, we’ve examined how new amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) would allow local jurisdictions greater freedom in choosing whether they want to develop their cities for cars or for transit, cycling, and […]

4th Annual Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Marketplace

"This September, join smart growth advocates, city planners and developers for the 4th annual Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Marketplace at the San Jose Hilton. This day-long event includes expert panels on cities’ TOD plans, workshops on design, financing, and policies for TOD, and a walking tour of downtown San Jose. Featured cities include San Jose, Oakland, […]

SPUR Forum: Understanding the Diridon Station Area Plan

Image courtesy of Flickr user niallkennedy Diridon Station will become one of California’s most transit-rich areas in the future, and the draft Diridon Station Area Plan, which projects 25,000 new jobs and 2,500 new housing units, will be the major driver for its growth. Come learn about the highlights of the plan and the key policies […]

Call for Regional Coordination of Land Use and Transportation

It appears a consensus is forming among local governments that building more livable and sustainable communities is an immediate priority. At a conference in San Francisco yesterday, elected officials from across the Bay Area, along with business, housing, development and transportation groups, called for a coordinated land use and transportation planning strategy to account for […]

Bernal Cut Walk-Through

From SFBC: Join the College Hill Neighborhood Association, Supervisor Scott Wiener’s Office, and the SF Bicycle Coalition on a walk-through of the Bernal Cut – San Jose Avenue north of Glen Park. The first hour will focus on a tour of the Cut stairs and pathways to see the community’s plans for improvement. At 10:30, […]