A Walk Around Downtown San Jose and the Importance of Public Spaces

Building a sense of community through urban street art

Mural Corner by artist Marcos LaFarga
Jason Su, San Jose Downtown Association’s Street Life Manager

#1: Murals, murals everywhere

Highway mural by famed muralist Sainer pays homage to Little Italy nearby. Commissioned by Empire 7 Studios
Intricate mural entitled ‘Life Abundant in the Face of Death Imminent’ by local tattoo artist Jim Miner. Commissioned by Exhibition District
People simply adore the ‘Panda Cafe and Bakery’ mural by Phuong-Mai Bui-Quang. Maintenance staff often find lipstick kisses on the pandas’ cheeks. Commissioned by San Jose Downtown Association

#2: Urban Dog Park

Hart’s Dog Park, an oasis in the commercial business area.

#3: Local Color

Projector, makeshift seating and speakers for events at Local Color.
A vintage clothing store in the arts space.
An indoor mural on the walls of the old Ross building.

#4: Art Crosswalks

Paseo de Antonio Art Crosswalk (photo from the San Jose Downtown Association) and the San Pedro Art Crosswalk

Urban design is a collaborative process

Mobile pop-up maker-space by Okada Design at the San Jose Public Library. (Photo from the SJPL)

The importance of public spaces

Mural by Anno Domini

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