In collaboration with multiple stakeholders and the City of San Jose, Park Paseo has the collective vision and guiding design framework to become a new urban open space that brings people, nature, and mobility together in the heart of San Jose.
Democratic Public Space
In ancient Greek cities, the agora brought people together in the same space for daily life, including commerce, politics, and social interaction. This was at a time when the European idea of democracy, or “people power” was conceived. There is a direct relationship between people sharing space with one another and caring about one another. Inclusive public space that brings together diverse people from all walks of life is more important than ever for sustaining democracy.
The transformation of Park Paseo from an oversized vehicular boulevard to a pedestrian-first garden street acts as the next stage of CMG’s San Jose Streetlife Plan – a social and ecological innovation in the heart of downtown San Jose. Beginning at the front steps of the Center for Performing Arts, Park Paseo will be a prototype for social attractions and amenities, and a leading example of a verdant urban plaza that prioritizes public life.