I know that the subjects of professional sports franchises, music halls, retail and housing have all been discussed on this blog at length as a few things San Jose is missing. We all agree that San Jose has the amazing potential to be a great city or no one would waste their time talking about it, but my question is: What do we really need in San Jose?
Just coming off of grand prix weekend, where 150,000 people came into San Jose and every bar from downtown to Santana Row to Los Gatos was bustling at night, it is good to see a critical mass of people coming out and making San Jose vibrant. But it makes me think: as much as I support annual events like this, do we need to keep filling the calendar with big downtown events, or should we cultivate other parts of the city, creating areas with activities that drive people there regularly?
News of the NBA’s Seattle Sonics almost being purchased by Larry Ellison and the owners of the Sharks, who would have brought the team to San Jose, begs another set of questions. I am one of the staunchest supporters of sports teams bringing pride to a city (the Sharks are a huge success story), but do we want to keep fighting for and putting our energy and resources into wooing teams that have little or no chance of coming to San Jose? Or do we want to continue to make sure— through development—that San Jose grows organically into a vibrant, hip, cultural center?
Someone on this blog once said that we need to continue to give people in San Jose options for food, culture, art, music, parks, shopping, and more; it’s up to them whether they use it, but our city needs to continue to move in that direction. It’s just a matter of when and who can take us there.