Though best known for its work in urban land use and transportation, SPUR’s newest online exhibit dives deep into a less paved topic: reimagining the Guadalupe River Park that runs through downtown San Jose.
The key here is the “re-enactment” part of the vision process, SPUR executives say, because the park as it was originally designed over two decades ago does not live up to its potential for users, including homeless people whose camps have been a hot spot. topic lately.
Noah Christman, SPUR’s director of community programming, said the group hopes the interactive exhibit will serve as a hub for stakeholders — whether it’s the city, community groups or individual users — to come together and understand that Guadalupe River Park can be something then big. now.
“It’s very easy to assume that we have what we’re going to have going on,” Christman, who ran the show, said based on the work of former SPUR planning policy director Michelle Hattenhoff. “And it’s not like we’ve seen in the projects around San Jose.”
The exhibit, which can be viewed at www.spur.org/guadalupe, dives into the origins of the park as part of a flood control project, explores ideas about the “wilderness restoration” of the river, and considers creating a safe space for everyone (including people who are currently live in the park). In various sections, visitors can express their thoughts and answer questions about the future of the park. The exhibited research was conducted in collaboration with the Guadalupe River Park Preserve and the City of San Jose, with funding from the Knight Foundation, and is featured in the extensive resource library at the end of the exhibit that takes people even deeper.
Fred Buso, director of SPUR in San Jose, said the park’s promotion has been the subject of much talk and planning over the years, but little progress. He hopes that if more people look at this work and leave a review, then this impasse will be broken.
“I see the exhibit as a tool that we’re going to use to move forward, to have the city and other organizations like the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy ask some tough questions,” he said. “Here is potentially a great place that needs a ton of work, and here is another vision of it. No one really asked the question, “What does it take?”
SHARKS LOGO NOT YET. one: According to a survey conducted by marketing agency Quality Logo Products, the San Jose Sharks logo was voted the best in professional sports. While such polls are best taken with a pinch of salt, Sharks fans should take this as a win, especially since the study included more than 1,000 participants from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and not – as one might suspect – all the way from Greater San Jose.
Respondents clearly have a soft spot for angry animals, as the top four samples—sharks, Jacksonville jaguars, Philadelphia eagles, and Baltimore ravens—are all represented by vicious-looking wild animals.
The Sharks brand also topped the categories for the NHL’s Best and Most Creative Players. The original black and teal logo featuring a shark gnawing on a hockey stick was designed in 1991 by Northern California artist Terry Smith and was an instant hit with sports fans. It also made Smith, a former Stanford basketball player, a sought-after artist for other sports logos and posters, including the San Jose earthquakes.
In 2013, the Sharks approached Smith again to update the logo, making the Shark slightly more aggressive and adding definition with a dark teal color scheme. The logo will be on display in full on Saturday at the SAP Center when the Sharks take on the Tampa Bay Lightning and celebrate the “birthday” of another key element of the team’s branding, beloved mascot SJ Sharkie.
VACCINE AND MUSEUM PASS: The second vaccination clinic at the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health opened at the Children’s Museum of Discovery in San Jose on Jan. 23, and as with earlier this month, COVID-19 shots are available with a pass for up to eight people. visit the museum from now until May 31st.
The Clinic at the Museum at 180 Woz Way is open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and is open to anyone ages 5 and up. There are no records, everything is decided on a first-come, first-served basis. If you miss this, there will be another on February 13th and you can get more information at www.cdm.org/vaccination.