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Placemaking and Public Life

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People of all ages came to enjoy the Musical Swings at Plaza de César Chavez

Placemaking is the planning and creation of public spaces that contribute to people’s health and happiness; it contributes to building communities and helps create a sense of belonging. Working with nonprofits, neighborhoods, art groups, the Office of Cultural Affairs, and other partners, the City of San José embraces a range of urban design approaches and activities to connect people with places and public spaces in San José.

Using Art to Engage

View the presentation on interactive public art, sidewalk cafes, parklets, wayfinding solutions, urban placemaking enhancement strategies, and more to connect people with places and public spaces in San José.

Proposed Changes to Sidewalk Cafe

The City is proposing changes to Sidewalk Cafe in the San José Municipal Code to allow more businesses to apply.

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