Presenting… the community’s vision for two urban villages

The City of San Jose is close to wrapping up two more urban village plans: for West San Carlos Street and South Bascom Avenue.

Over the course of the planning process, Greenbelt Alliance has organized a walking tour, partnered with San Jose State University on a Complete Streets Audit, held a community conversation, invited renowned urban designer Allan Jacobs and Deputy City Manager of Vancouver Sadhu Johnston to speak at events, and co-hosted two Spanish-language workshops with TransForm.

After speaking with numerous people in the community—including residents from the Buena Vista, Sherman Oaks, and Burbank neighborhood associations, the West San Carlos Street Business Association, and Luther Burbank Elementary School’s Padres con Poder group—Greenbelt Alliance has compiled their ideas, concerns, and feedback into a community platform for your viewing pleasure.

Read our community platform for the West San Carlos Street and South Bascom Avenue urban villages [PDF].

2 Comments on “Presenting… the community’s vision for two urban villages

  1. This community platform is not sufficiently specific as it lacks any tangible zoning or area economic development change guidelines/requirements, in my opinion. Without specifics nothing is accomplish but a lot of feel good “fluff.” Greenbelt walks a delicate line between facilitating community activism and providing change leadership. I give Greenbelt A+ on facilitating but a very low mark on leading the community based on the content of this article. There is absolutely not meat because of the lack of specifics (e.g. not even sidewalk width requirements). An excellent opportunity to lead the way has been lost. The capability to paint a vision exists. You should exploit it more forcefully as you are doing on Young Ranch.

    • Hi Jim,
      While I am very happy to see you are reading my blog posts, I have to respectfully disagree with you on your point that the platform is not specific enough. Platforms are intended to present broad ideas of agreement and this particular platform attempts to coalesce the points of view of residents and business owners throughout four neighborhoods and one business district. That is a lot of opinions, so keeping it high level paints the picture of the type of community people want here while getting them to agree to sign on. It is very difficult to get down in the weeds and prescribe specific sidewalk widths along two miles of roadway at this point. The platform does have ‘meat’; it calls out the community’s desire for a park over 280, a bike lane on Scott Street and a road diet on Fruitdale to name a few.. This platform strikes the right balance of general goals tied with some specific priorities. The document is also evolving as we incorporate more feedback from the community.

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