How best to revitalize downtown urban centers in the wake of the sweeping suburbanization of the past half century? It’s a big issue, one we discuss frequently here at Cities. Areport released Thursday, Shaping Downtown San Jose: The Quest to Establish an Urban Center for Silicon Valley by SPUR, the Bay Area-based urban-planning research and advocacy organization, provides a detailed and intriguing history of the challenges that continue to face downtown San Jose, the Valley’s urban center. (SPUR is also advising on San Jose’s redevelopment plan).
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