I Wish Downtown San Jose Had

“I Wish Downtown San Jose Had” is a participatory art project organized by Gensler San Jose as part of gServe, the firm’s community outreach program. The goal of this project is to inspire community members to help define the vision for enhancing downtown San Jose. Inspired by Candy Chang’s “I Wish This Was” project in New Orleans, Candy provided stickers on which the community could write their hopes and dreams for what the city’s empty storefronts and neglected lots could become.

On September 23rd, Gensler San Jose shared the “I Wish Downtown San Jose Had” exhibit at the Downtown San Jose Farmer’s Market, inviting the community to write their ideas for making Downtown San Jose a more vibrant, attractive and livable place. Gensler also shared ideas, via sketches, of ways to develop the downtown area. A summary of our findings is included below along with pictures of the event.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this project, contact Khaing Sabe at khaing_sabe@gensler.com.

Can’t make it to the event? We’d still like to hear from you. Take a photo of a place or space downtown, caption with your ideas/hopes/dreams and post to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #iwishdowntownsjhad.

View our findings from the event (PDF).