The A’s originally had the rights to San Jose. In the 70’s, the Giants were struggling and thinking of moving (I think to Florida). The A’s owner gave them the rights to San Jose for free as a gesture of goodwill, because he wanted them to stay in the area. He thought both teams benefited from it. I guess the saying no good deed goes unpunished is particularly true here. It’s absolutely stupid considering the teams are closer now than they would be if the A’s move.
San Jose lost the lawsuit on moving the A’s, so now it’s looking at other plans to redevelop the area. It’s a lot of land. There’s a lot of work being done along San Carlos as well. The plan is to redevelop the area between downtown and Santa Row. The two main corridors will be 1st and San Carlos. 1st has had a ton of construction.
They’re also working on plan to replace St James park with an outdoor music venue that’ll hold 7,000 people. Everyone that lives in the area is fighting it over noise concerns. They are doing a lot of community outreach to try getting everyone onboard. I’m all for cleaning up that park. It’s a disaster. There’s almost always people smoking pot despite the drug free zone signs. Also, the homeless there don’t throw their food waste into the many trash bins. They just throw it on the ground. My dogs LOVE walking around that park.