Empty lots in downtown San Jose's North San Pedro Square area. A plan to
build several dozen residential units in downtown San Jose might be the
vanguard of wide-ranging efforts to transform some blighted blocks,
decaying buildings and vacant lots in the city's urban heart into a vibrant
new neighborhood.

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George Avalos / Bay Area News Group

Downtown San Jose blighted blocks may get new life

SAN JOSE — A plan to build several dozen residential units in downtown San Jose is part of wide-ranging efforts to transform some blighted blocks, decaying buildings and vacant lots in the city’s urban heart into a vibrant community.

“Ultimately this is going to be a great, brand-new neighborhood in downtown San Jose,” said Bob Staedler, principal executive with Silicon Valley Synergy, a land-use and planning consultancy. “This area north of San Pedro Square has always been the hole in the doughnut of the downtown.”

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