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Urban Parks and the Walkable City

Blackbird Tavern is one of several new restaurant/bars in downtown that are making San Jose a more vibrant urban core. (Photo by Aron Cooperman, via Metroactive.com)

Statistics show that the number of people under 25 who have drivers licenses has decreased steadily over the last 20 years. This may seem like random trivia on its face. But a closer look reveals a social trend that has significance to San Jose and other metropolitan areas across the country.

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Councilman Sam Liccardo Says Gold Club Will Hurt Downtown Development

San Liccardo, a San Jose councilman and mayoral candidate in next year’s election, says a gentlemen’s club has no place in the heart of downtown.

After voting to raise taxes on pot clubs earlier this year, San Jose Councilman Sam Liccardo has found a new vice to tackle: nudie bars. Spurred by the imminent opening of a gentlemen’s club in downtown, Liccardo has asked the city to impose more restrictions on San Jose’s adult establishments. The city already bans nudity in downtown businesses, which leaves us to presume that the Gold Club, slated to open up Aug. 8 in the historic 81 W. Santa Clara St. building, will operate as a bikini bar.

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San Jose is the (Arts)Place to Be

The Illuminating Downtown Project was one of many reasons San Jose was recently named one of America’s Top Artplaces for 2013.

I often hear it said that San Jose lacks culture. I’d like to say that the speaker is invariably not from around these parts. But more often than not, I hear it from San Joseans. It’s reached the point where I’m not surprised anymore. In fact, I have a speech polished and ready to go for these very occasions. When you’re wearing an Arts Commissioner badge, it never hurts to be prepared. Thankfully, some news arrived at last week’s monthly commission meeting that will add some heft to my argument.

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The Importance of Santana Row

Ten years since it opened, Santana Row remains a premiere destination and tax revenue jackpot for San Jose.

Santana Row will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. It has provided a new destination for Bay Area residents as well as additional tax revenue for San Jose. On Tuesday, the City Council will consider approving a large office building at Santana Row instead of housing. This new 240,000 square foot office building will provide an attractive option to companies locating in San Jose.

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