San José

The State of Downtown

6:30 p.m. | Thursday, August 29, 2019

Photo by Sergio Ruiz

As the urban core of the city, downtown San Jose has arguably seen more change in the last five years than the last fifty. With newly established districts like SoFA and San Pedro Square providing a multitude of cultural, retail and restaurant opportunities and residential towers sprouting up to drive those uses, the downtown is becoming the urban core of the South Bay. How did it get to this point, and what comes next? Join a fireside chat with two local leaders who are helping to shepherd in the neighborhood’s future. This program is part of Backyard, a three-month public space activation led by The We Company in downtown San Jose.

+ Councilmember Raul Peralez / San Jose City Council
+ Teresa Alvarado / SPUR

5:30 p.m.: Network with other urbanists while enjoying food and drinks from local businesses 
6:30 p.m.: The conversation begins, followed by an audience Q&A
8:30 p.m.: Lights off and doors close — see you at the next one

This program is part of a series of SPUR-presented talks held at Backyard SJ, a new temporary public space created by The We Company in downtown San Jose. To learn more about the programs in the series, please visit their event pages:


Backyard SJ
25 South 2nd Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408.638.0083


Free. To RSVP for this event, please visit or download the Backyard SJ app to your mobile device.

Refund Policy

Individual ticket purchases. If you request a refund between 2 and 10 business days prior to the event, SPUR can issue a 25 percent refund. Requests for refunds received less than 2 days prior to an event cannot be accommodated.

Sponsorship payments will not be refunded, as sponsorship benefits take effect immediately and are on-going through the date of the event.

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