2015-2016 Ideas Submissions

The final list of ideas selected for voting can be found here.

My Idea is… So that people can… D3 Location
1 Install self-service newspaper kiosks to consolidate print material distribution remove proliferation of newspaper/magazine dispensers which look junky and clutter sidewalks. could also have video loop for nearby points of interest. North 1st Street
2 Paint murals on Hwy 280 underpasses at S. 1st and S. 3rd street to make those underpasses pedestrian friendly, especially at night, to deter graffiti and trash/rubbish dumping. Margaret Street
3 Commission Lighting – Art Project for 280 Appreciate and Feel Pride of the Neighborhood with safety enhancement. Sinclair Freeway
4 Hwy 101 Overpass Artwork #1: Julian St.-McKee Rd @ Hwy 101 Boost community pride as residents travel over the Hwy 101 overpass. This overpass is (one out of three) symbolic areas for the City of San Jose. If traveling east it represents the gateway to the eastern section of the City, and if traveling west a gateway to the downtown core. Artwork would visually enhance a pedestrian friendly crossing and hopefully curb graffiti applied to bridge area.

Comment: Dee Barragan – Idea placed incorrect area due to map placement complication.

Bayshore Freeway
5 Hwy 101 Overpass Artwork #3: San Antonio Street @ Hwy 101 Boost community pride as residents travel over the Hwy 101 overpass. This overpass is (one out of three) symbolic areas for the City of San Jose. If traveling east it represents the gateway to the eastern section of the City, and if traveling west a gateway to the downtown core. Artwork would visually enhance a pedestrian friendly crossing and hopefully curb graffiti applied to bridge area. Bayshore Freeway
6 Hwy 101 Overpass Artwork #2: Santa Clara Street – Alum Rock Ave @ Hwy 101 Boost community pride as residents travel over the Hwy 101 overpass. This overpass is (one out of three) symbolic areas for the City of San Jose. If traveling east it represents the gateway to the eastern section of the City, and if traveling west a gateway to the downtown core. Artwork would visually enhance a pedestrian friendly crossing and hopefully curb graffiti applied to bridge area. Alum Rock Avenue
7 Hwy 101 Overpass Artwork #1: Julian-McKee @ Hwy 101 Boost community pride as residents travel over the Hwy 101 overpass. This overpass is (one out of three) symbolic areas for the City of San Jose. If traveling east it represents the gateway to the eastern section of the City, and if traveling west a gateway to the downtown core. Artwork would visually enhance a pedestrian friendly crossing and hopefully curb graffiti applied to bridge area. Bayshore Freeway
8 D3 Pride Award Strive to beautify their public spaces, business storefronts or community gathering centers and highlight the positive improvements in the community. South Market Street
9 Subsidize or assist residents in installing Little Free Libraries around the neighborhoods Neighbors will share books freely. Kids can find a book around their neighborhood. These little libraries will encourage a literacy-friendly neighborhood. Website here. North 2nd Street
10 Add art murals on underpasses in D3. Locations could be First St./880, Taylor/Caltrain overpass, 280/10th & 11th Streets. Pedestrians would benefit most from these outside art murals. Motorist would be treated to some eye candy as they drive along.

Sample web sites: here or here.

South 6th Street
11 Add art murals on underpasses in D3. Locations could be First St./880, Taylor/Caltrain overpass, 280/10th & 11th Streets. Pedestrians would benefit most from these outside art murals. Motorist would be treated to some eye candy as they drive along.

Sample web sites: here or here.

North 1st Street
12 Install Signage to Mark the Lakehouse Historic District learn about the historic district. The Lakehouse District is a collection of Victorian style homes in a small area between Downtown and Diridon. Thousands of people walk, bike, and drive through this area every day, but no one knows that it is a historic district. It is also the site of the former home of Irene Dalis, San Jose’s own mezzo-soprano superstar and founder of Opera San Jose. West San Fernando Street
13 Commission art-project to beautify ALL street-electric/facility-boxes in D3. Neighbors can be proud of the community and property values increase. Bestor Street
14 Commission art-project to beautify ALL street-electric/facility-boxes in D3. Neighbors can be proud of the community and property values increase. Martha Street
15 Rebuild the Electric Light Tower residents can experience a historic milestone for San Jose.  Example here.

Comment: Pete Kolstad – I absolutely love this idea. Should it be a true replica? Or should the design be updated with modern touches — both stylistic and technological.  Any value to someone if this is a cell tower? How about if it projected stuff on the street below? What kind of functions could generate both construction and operations funding?

Comment: Andrew T – Personally, a full replica would be the way to go, so that it is an accurate representation of the original. To that end, I’d worry that cellular antennae would be both obvious and ugly.  Modern lenses would allow light to be projected axially along the streets instead of radially, blasting the neighboring buildings with bright light.

1 South Market Street
16 Commission Lighting-Art-Projects for 280 Underpasses at 10th & 11th. residents can appreciate and feel pride of the Neighborhood in addition to enhance safety Sinclair Freeway
17 Commission Art Project to paint Utility Boxes at 9th & Martha residents can appreciate and feel pride of the Neighborhood Martha Street
18 Art Boxes in the Julian-St. James/Northside/Horace-Mann neighborhoods feel a refreshed sense of pride and joy in walking around their neighborhood, and encourage community participation in designing public art. North 14th Street
19 A Community Mural for Las Plumas Avenue Boost Community Pride and Spirit. This section of Las Plumas Avenue is a illegal dumping hotspot. Neighborhood “TLC” is needed. Las Plumas Avenue
20 Study ways to fund affordable housing for SJSU students/faculty. live to work/study near the school without paying exorbitant rates. As a by-product, chase out the blood-sucking landlords and get the school to buy the properties. Have a long term plan to create a “Professorville” south of the University to restore and preserve the historic homes. (I’ll post under Culture since nothing else fits.) East William Street
21 Install 3-D Sidewalk Art Gallery Enjoy incredible optically illusions as the walk around our city, increase tourism, invest in the arts in a very accessible way.  Example here.

Comment: Kay Emerson – Sorry for the typos – should read: Enjoy incredible optical illusions as they walk around our city…

Comment: Pete Kolstad – Great idea and a riff on the Luna Park chalk festival.

North 1st Street
22 Restore mural of Spartan Olympians with fresh paint take deep pride in the history and struggle of local heroes the SJSU Spartans depicted in this historic mural, fighting for black power on the Olympic victor’s pedestal. Hopefully fresh paint and anti-graffiti coating could restore this proud local landmark. North 4th Street
23 Koi fish pond for the JFG Truly form a lasting friendship with the Japanese people.

Comment: Ariel – This sounds good.

Comment: Jose Posadas – Doesn’t this already exist in the park?

Senter Road
24 Install flags/pennants on light poles on Keyes Street that name the Spartan Keyes Neighborhood know that they are in a specific neighborhood, not just getting on/off the freeway or going to SJSU. Keyes Street
25 More doggy bags in the Delmas Park Area clean up after their dogs. Atlanta Avenue
26 A public tool lending library for any city resident to access tools could be housed in one of the city’s public works departments where any resident could check out tools needed to repair or improve their homes or yards. This builds on someone else’s suggestion to have a tool library for community beautification to extend it’s access to individual city residents. South 8th Street
27 Trash Cans and Trash bins More trash cans and trash bins so people could throw away the clutter and trash, instead of leaving it on the streets, in a walkway, or corner. Kerley Drive
28 Beautify South 10th st & South 11th from Humboldt to Santa Clara St. Enjoy Down Town San Jose more. I get a bad feeling every time I enter the down town area. East Santa Clara Street
29 Clean up 280 ramps 10th and 11th St. Enjoy a clean environment 180 Woz Way
30 A Tool Lending Library Make beautification projects in the community-neighborhood.

Comment: Carol Valentine – This seems like a good idea if one of the public works departments could house the collection of tools and have a check out system for tools to be borrowed and returned. I especially like the idea of large ladders or chain saws that are items families might have problems purchasing for one project and also have problems storing once their project is done.

North 13th Street
31 Install solar powered trash compactor trash cans in Backesto park not have to deal with the over filling trashcans in the park. New Orleans installed these through the entire French Quarter.  Example here. East Empire Street
32 Connect Senter Rd with Hwy 280 project will significantly improve living conditions (through noise, smog, traffic, etc.) of D3, hence helping to develop it as a family friendly neighborhood. 40 Story Road
33 Vacant lot can be community garden Grow vegetables and flowers and generally improve the look of the neighborhood. This teaches people how their food is sourced. East William Street
34 install a self cleaning toilet at each of the parks in District 3 we would have a healthier environment if homeless could have access throughout the district to toilets, because currently sometimes people have no options except to use bushes etc. in our district. Also as a grandmother I have often wished when I took by grandchildren to a park that there were facilities available so that when one of the little ones needed a toilet we did not have to pack up and go home. This might be a duplicate as I tried before to send it but didn’t see it register as going through.

Comment: Carol Valentine – I see this as primarily environmental, but possible also under parks.

Bestor Street
35 Window dressing for vacant downtown storefronts Enjoy window shopping while strolling downtown streets. Until the day comes when we have zero retail vacancy, wouldn’t it be nice to see a warmly lit window displaying the work of local artists… or directional signage showing the way to a great event or gallery down the street? Yes, there is an initiative on the budget agenda but that will be at least a year away and these funds would enable us to make arrangements with vacant storefront owners now to do the window dressing for them. The result: we could create a more inviting downtown atmosphere for residents and visitors alike, while quite possibly reducing the blighted areas we have to dodge now… in the future, the success of this could serve as the city-wide model when the Downtown Retail Activation Initiative goes into force. This probably falls under Environment but it could just as easily work for Arts and Culture or public safety as well. South 2nd Street
36 Purchase the property and create a skate park for youth in the “pit” in Spartan Keyes to provide neighborhood teens a place to hang out and engage in sports and to eliminate the eyesore that the Pit has been for at least ten years. Keyes Street
37 Bocce Clubhouse Kiosk Reserve its use to hold private bocce events, use its newly built grill kitchen and the city can generate revenue from its rental. North 13th Street
38 Create a multi-use field in the park so that youth and children can have activities to do after school South 34th Street
39 Renew/Replace Wayfinding Signage on Guad River Trail Downtown find their way on the trail. Between Woz Way and Park Ave there are several signs that have been defaced or removed completely, and several bronze plaques attached to the trail walkway that are broken or missing. This is a beautiful section of Downtown that would greatly benefit from wayfinding signage. Guadalupe River Trail
40 Install solar powered trash compactor trash cans in St. James park Not have to look at overflowing trash cans in the park. New Orleans installed these through the entire French Quarter.  Example here. North 1st Street
41 Beautify Backesto Park benefit by being able to take pride in their neighborhood and local businesses might possibly be drawn to the area. Regular maintenance of the restrooms, additional landscaping, and neighborhood ‘flags’ will help create more appeal and attract more positive attention. North 13th Street
42 New vintage trash cans, repainted park benches and LED lighting at St. James Park Enjoy the park day or night. Replacing the lighting with LEDs will make it brighter and more inviting, while freshly sanded and painted benches will enable people to sit and enjoy their park without getting splinters. Vintage trash cans would enable more to be integrated into the park and encourage use through better access, while adding to the “once was” splendor – but please… don’t put them right next to the benches! North 2nd Street
43 Clean out the Caltrans areas under 280. play basketball or asphalt soccer to activate those spaces, replacing the weeds and dumping that exist now. East Reed Street
44 Baseball Field So that residents can come together as a community, participate in recreational sports, and improve their health & fitness. West Virginia Street
45 Two Big Soccer nets for Gardner Community Center So that families & neighborhood residents can continue to play soccer. This can be applied to any other community center in the area. It will promote health and fitness. West Virginia Street
46 Complete the Coyote Creek Path. Have a bit of nature near their homes. Walk dogs, exercise. Just get away from the pavement for a bit. Parts of Coyote Creek already have paths, as does the Guadalupe river and a few other waterways. Coyote creek should be done too.  Comment: Stephanie – I agree. A nice ‘clean out’ of the creek area for residents to walk through would be nice (safe) exercise too. Arroyo Way
47 Install a small low-maintenance park to beautify a blighted area on both sides of 10th St at Hedding feel comfortable walking, biking, and otherwise passing through this neighborhood near the train tracks without thinking it’s an abandoned wasteland of debris.

Comment: Petra Pino – Yes! I was just going to suggest this when I saw Nick’s idea. This blighted corner needs some love.  Comment: Someone – Agree

East Hedding Street
48 Put $ in a fund to cover City park fees use when a neighborhood association wants to sponsor an event. This could be a way to help strengthen local neighborhoods.

Comment: Pete Kolstad –
Great idea, but… Instead of one City department paying another, or spending neighborhood funds to create community events, WAIVE the fees.

Comment: Jose Posadas – Waiving fees for neighborhoods and nonprofits working to improve the community should be standard practice.

Guadalupe River Trail
49 Have 2-3 Tricycles for adults at key bike sharing stations people can use tricycle to go shopping and bring home groceries/packages safely. North 2nd Street
50 Install a electronic lane shift sign on 2nd street between Younger and Hedding Minimize people running into parked cars (at least 6 parked cars damages in last 8 months) because block has no street lights AND road narrows requiring traffic to shift to avoid back ending parked cars. North 1st Street
51 Install spikes to prevent pigeons from roosting in underpasses with sidewalks district wide walk to school. restaurants, work without stepping in bird poop and inhaling toxic substances Arnold Avenue
52 A Cross Walk at Corner of Kerley St and E Rosemary ONE Striped Cross Walk at the corner of Kerley Street and E. Rosemary Street 95112, at the corner where the new park will be built. So it could be safe crossing to get to the park, in addition parents could feel much more safer with their kids crossing the street. East Rosemary Street
53 Four Way Stop for W. Virginia St. @ Locust Boost neighborhood safety for this section of D3. Currently, this location has a two-way stop and traffic safety is outdated. This is near CET and Rocketship Schools. Locust Street
54 Permit parking for North King Road (from McKee Road to Alum Road Avenue) Our fellow D3 residents in this section struggle to park due to high volume of street vehicle sales taking up a majority of the street parking. Permit parking would ease parking complications and boost safety for this section of D3. North King Road
55 Four way stop signs for South 28th Street feel safe at each intersection. South 28th Street
56 Four way stop signs for South 26th Street feel safe at each intersection. South 26th Street
57 Stopping light for the street properly stop and let cars pass by, it takes a while due to heavy congested traffic. It will also reduce accidents. Appian Lane
58 Radar Speed limit sign at Auzerais and Josefa Slow down. This is a busy artery along a street kids walk to school on. The corner is very dangerous with poor visibility for people turning from Josefa to Auzerais. There is no cross walk either, anywhere on the street except at Bird and at Delmas. This corner needs a Radar Speed Limit sign to slow commuters down to speed limits. Many nearby residents have mentioned this problem and experienced it firsthand.

Comment: Bert Weaver – This is truly needed. Auzerais Ave has become a speedway between Bird Ave and Hwy 87. A speed radar sign will help remind folks to slow down.

Comment: Andrew T – This is a great start. At the same time, a more comprehensive follow-up strategy is needed. Raised, painted crosswalks preceded by arrays of Bott’s dots would be sufficiently irritating to slow many motorists.

Josefa Street
59 Security Cameras Install security cameras to protect the neighborhood and local businesses. 13th St. between Empire and 101 is just one example of several areas that could benefit. People would feel better about being in the area and possibly local businesses would benefit.

Comment: Pete Kolstad – Interesting idea. Could one house install an internet camera or two that could neighboring homes? And could people from nearby homes look at the footage? Shared costs might mean more eyes on the street.

North 13th Street
60 Homeless Camp Clean Up There are homeless camps on both sides of the 101 at 13th St. Cleaning up these areas up will hopefully help the homeless people that are living there find housing. This would also clean up all of the garbage and waste that has accumulated. This is obviously a huge issue for the people that impacted, but also adds to a negative image for our community and San Jose. Oakland Road
61 Traffic Calming needed on Schulte Dr. @ Lochridge Dr. Boost neighborhood and vehicle safety. Safety is outdated and this intersection carries the heavy flow of traffic from the apartments nearby. Lochridge Drive
62 Force some progress at 75 W William be rid of a 30+ year abandoned home, and apply the same process to other abandoned/burned homes in D3. West William Street
63 The placement of Speed bumps on Delmas Avenue. This action will decrease speeding in a residential area. It will also prevent future accidents and help secure public safety in the area. Delmas Avenue
64 Improve Street Lighting on the Blighted N 13th Street, to deter crime and improve the atmosphere and environment that is portrayed through this major corridor off 101 and into the downtown neighborhoods. Feel safe walking around the neighborhood. Discourage crime in the area and loitering/drinking in public that’s so blatant. So that the downtown entrance from 13th street area off 101 doesn’t give off such and unwelcoming unsafe impression of these downtown San Jose neighborhoods.

Comment: Jose Posadas – agree.

Comment: Jen Williams – Absolutely agreed. Entering from 101/13th just feels and looks so unwelcoming, ugly, and at times – downright sad and scary. Street lights, a regular clean-up schedule, and perhaps some new signage and maintained trash bins might help.

Comment: Matt C – I agree. If we put money into lighting is there anything else that we can do to help the area? Is there a way we can entice K&C Food Wholesale to take down the chain-link fence with spiraled barbed wire on top located on 13th near Mission St. Maybe we could help replace it with a nicer more friendly looking fence?. If the fence, and lighting is changed then maybe this location will start to look more desirable to neighborhood friendly businesses.

North 13th Street
65 Pave and light the West bank of the Guadalupe River Trail comfortably walk, bike, and jog between Coleman (really Autumn St since the rest is done) and W. Julian Street without fear of falling on uneven muddy/rocky terrain or encountering a homeless encampment suddenly around an unlit corner.
66 program to prevent car theft N/A Checkers Dr.
67 more police officers or crime prevention programs to protect the citizens in my area Checkers Dr.
68 Have dedicated loading/unloading parking area for all senior housing complexes that do not have off street parking safely help seniors enter and exit vehicles and improve traffic flow by avoiding double parking on congested streets North 2nd Street
69 Set up a quilting/sewing studio in Roosevelt Community center with sewing machines and long-arm quilting machine socialize, collaborate, and give back to the community by making philanthropic quilts for shelters, hospitals, etc. in D3. This will primarily be for seniors but could also engage teens and help them develop applied math skills and project management skills. North 1st Street
70 Shawls for Seniors Make shawls for seniors using sewing machines purchased for seniors at centers North 6th Street
71 Center for the elderly learn about the community and mingle. They could give back to the community and the youth could learn to appreciate the elderly more. South King Road
72 A center for elderly mingle, and learn about the community, and give back to the youth and in that same way the youth to give back to the elderly. Rough and Ready Road
73 Install a speed bump on the north end of Lick Avenue to slow traffic that does not observe the stop sign at Willow and Lick Avenue, and reduce endangerment of pedestrians who try to negotiate that corner. Lick Avenue
74 install lamp posts under Hwy 280 at S. 2nd. S. 3rd. S. 7th, S. 10th and S. 11th Streets walk with more visibility and feel safe when walking through any of these streets and underpasses. Alley
75 Free Food Garden on Public Property Plant vegetables and fruit trees along public sidewalks that local citizens take care of. Then offer the food as free to anyone who passes by and wants a fresh and healthy snack. Many people living in downtown can’t grow fruit or vegetables for themselves because they don’t have yards to garden in. This would benefit everyone in the community. Florence Way
76 Auzerais Bike Lanes safely and comfortably bike from their homes and apartments in Midtown and Delmas Park to DTSJ. Auzerais Avenue
77 Traffic Calming, Stop Sign, Speed Bump, Limit parking on corners? …be safer. There have been two accidents at the intersection of 19th and Brookwood in the past year. There’s a school nearby and many young children in the neighborhood. People pick up speed from San Antonio to William and use it as a cut through. Brookwood Avenue
78 Better Lighting and Art Better lighting, lights and art. So it could be much safer to walk on the sidewalks and driving could be more visible off of 10th and 11th street. East Santa Clara Street
79 The Hensley District / Sidewalk Improvement My name is Sarah Gama, I live at 390 North 3rd Street, San Jose, CA 95112. As a child, I would ride my bike in the neighborhood. Now as an adult (57), I pass out flyers for Dumpster/Clean-Up Day, National Night Out, Disaster Awareness, etc. I noticed cracks on our sidewalks that are 50 – 60 yrs. old. In the 1990’s I became involved in cleaning up the drug activity that filtered from Ryland Park to the railroad tracks and on to my street. I would take my daughter swimming at Ryland Park and I noticed these Mexican selling drugs in the restrooms of Ryland Park to these youngsters. With the help of the police and I also spoke to Salvation Army we were able to clean up the mess! I am happy to see a total different change, young Americans, working class/students walking their dogs. It is nice to see the different ethnic backgrounds feeling safe to walk in my neighborhood. My suggestions would be if The City of San Jose would allocate some monies toward sidewalk improvements; if The City of San Jose is willing to match the property owner with 30 – 50 percent of the cost, it may give the property owner an incentive/motivation to add value to their property. If The City of San Jose is willing to hire a reasonable contractor, it would be a win situation for the contractor and his employees, a win situation for the property owner – increase value, a win situation for the walkers that utilized our streets, and a win situation for The City of San Jose to beautify our streets and demonstrate that they care! South 4th Street
80 Permit parking zone So home owners can have space to park. Reduce congestion with vehicles, storing, dumping, and other illegal activity in cars parked in my area. City can generate revenue and keep the streets clean. Locust Street
81 Reduce Noise, Visual Contamination and Air Pollution near I880 and N 1st by planting trees along the on ramp. Improve the quality of life for 30 households who live within 500 ft of the highway. North 1st Street
82 Lighting/Streets & Sidewalk improvements to take walks with my family. Horning Street
83 More lighting and street repair be safe Santa Ana Street
84 More lighting in my neighborhood be more safe Santa Ana Street
85 Entice K&C Wholesale to replace chain-linked/barbed-wire fence with a more neighborhood fence Since 13th st spanning from the 101 into our neighborhood is a major entrance, I think we should focus funds on improving the appearance of the street and businesses. By replacing this large ugly fence new neighborhood friendly businesses will start seeing this area as a more desirable location. Currently, there are very few businesses in this section of 13th street that are neighborhood friendly. If there are funds remaining then maybe we could also entice the auto repair business on the south east corner of Taylor and 13th to do the same. Vestal Street
86 Install New Lights or Repair Existing Lights at Hwy 87 Underpasses at San Carlos St and Park Ave feel safe while walking through the underpasses at night. The San Carlos St underpass has streetlights, but most are burnt out, and the ones that do work are not very bright. New, bright lights, like those installed in the historic lampposts at the Santa Clara St underpass, would make this scary, foreboding area much safer and more inviting.  The Park Ave underpass has only a few ceiling mounted light fixtures that give off very little light – when they work at all. The fixtures are covered with cobwebs, and the bulbs are very dim.

Comment: Andrew T – At this point, every underpass abutting DTSJ should be beautified with art and well-lit to promote safety and create welcoming gateways to DTSJ.

Delmas Avenue
87 Replace the faded Luna Park Business District banners Be impressed by Luna Park business rather than seeing signs that have been blasted by the sun for years and look run down. Or at least remove the faded signs such as this.

Comment: Jen Williams – This is a good idea. The streets, signage, street lights, building sides, etc. should all be repaired/replaced.

North 13th Street
88 Fix utility poles and overhead wires on Taylor between 13th & 17th The overhead wires on Taylor are amazingly sloppy. The wires actually drape across the stop light in two intersections. * 17th & Taylor like this.    * 13th & Taylor (forgot the picture but this one is a doozy)  There is a utility pole that’s grafted on to one that was hit by a car and knocked down somewhere on Taylor but I forget the location. East Taylor Street
89 Rezone and Clean up 13th St between Empire and 101 Businesses along this area are run down and there are too many of one kind of business. As an example there are several auto body shops in this very residential neighborhood. Adding other types of businesses would allow the community to grow in a better direction, creating spaces where people actually wanted to go.

Comment: Matt C – I totally agree that there are too many auto repair shops on this street. Do you have a plan or project in mind where the money could be spent to help move existing businesses and bring in new more desirable businesses?

North 13th Street
90 Plant Trees: 13th St between Julian and 101 Plant or replace dead trees along this street to enhance the neighborhood. North 13th Street
91 Add some streetlights to the Rosemary Gardens blocks that have none see better at night and make things safer Arnold Avenue
92 Close half of Park Avenue, between Almaden and Market, to vehicle traffic and pave it for pedestrians comfortably walk along Park Avenue and the Tech Museum as part of the Paseo de San Antonio. 183 Park Avenue
93 Beautification and lighting of the W St. John undercrossing at 87 comfortably and safely walk between the San Pedro Square area and Little Italy and the River Trail. North Almaden Boulevard
94 LRT Rail Pedestrian Crossing Gates more safely walk across the LRT tracks and Woz Way to the CDM. Auzerais Avenue
95 Protected bike lanes safely bike on Almaden Boulevard without fear of high-speed traffic West San Carlos Street
96 Speed bumps Play, walk and live safely.

Comment: Angie – There’s always people speeding and peeling out up and down these streets. I’ve seen so many kids and teens almost ran down. Not to mention all the dogs and cats that get ran over. Great idea.

Locust Street
97 Provide traffic light (r alternative solution) at Martha & 11th st. So that traffic from Martha can safely merge / cross on 11th during peak hours. Martha Street
98 Provide a pedestrian island to cross 280exit at 10th st. So that pedestrian can look for incoming traffic and safely wait to cross. South 10th Street
99 Sound Baffles under Hwy 87 at Delmas relax outdoors and chat instead of having to stop while trucks roar along 87 -or- cars accelerate up the 87 on ramp at Auzerais -or- cars fly down Delmas to beat the light -or- motorcycles rumble along Auzerais with the bottom side of 87 echoing their noise in all directions.

Comment: Bert Weaver – Great idea! This would benefit residents and diners at the outdoor café tables. It would greatly improve the parking lot under Hwy 87 as a potential site for outdoor community activities – block parties, farmers’ market, festivals.

Auzerais Avenue
100 Stop Sign Request for South 28th Street @ ESF S.28th St. @ ESF intersection experiences a high volume of traffic at approx. 108 vehicles within a 30min time span (M-F). NB/SB Stop sign installations would boost neighborhood safety. East San Fernando Street
101 South 26th Street Stop Sign Installations for NB/SB Lanes. On an average morning (M-F) between 7:30am-8:00am the intersection at South 26th Street at East San Fernando Street has approx. 100 vehicles passing through. A safety enhancement such as northbound and southbound stop sign installations could boost neighborhood safety and save lives.

Comment: Someone – This is for South 26th Street, not S.24th. Pin was dropped incorrectly.

East San Fernando Street
102 Antique-style trash cans along N. 13th (Jackson – Hedding) Reduce litter and blight along this pedestrian/business corridor. North 13th Street
103 Traffic Calming in Northside 15 St., Empire and other wide streets in the area have big issues with cars speeding, drivers ignoring stop signs, drag racing, donuts, etc. Implementing roundabouts, or another solution, would cut down on these issues. This would help residents feel safer, reduce accidents and more.

Comment: Jose Posadas – totally agree and support.

Comment: Pete Kolstad – Consider islands at spots on 15th that stop northbound or southbound traffic from barreling through. Palo Alto did this 30 years ago. It sometimes takes a while for the locals to find a normal route home, but stops the cut-through drivers from using neighborhood streets to avoid the arterials.

Comment: Jen Williams – Agreed. Traffic on 15th and around the area should be slowed. Speed humps, round-abouts, or similar will help to create a more ‘neighborly/community’ feel and may also help criminal elements feel less at home.

Washington Street
104 Light and Beautify 3rd and 7th Street 280 Underpasses walk safely between the Spartan Keyes neighborhood and downtown.

Comment: Andrew T – At this point, every freeway underpass abutting downtown–St. John, Park, W San Carlos, Auzerais, Vine/S Almaden, 1st/2nd, 3rd, 7th, 10th/11th–should have art and be well-lit.

Comment: Carol Valentine – Definitely agree.

Sinclair Freeway
105 Close northbound Market between San Carlos and San Fernando have a traffic-free plaza in front of the Fairmont. Traffic could be two-way along the west side of Cesar Chavez.

Comment: Andrew T – Loving the idea of effectively expanding the plaza. We should keep in mind that vehicles would still need access for ingress to and egress from the parking at Market and San Carlos and to the Fairmont, including emergency vehicles and taxis.

South Market Street
106 Install a series of “Welcome to the X Neighborhood” signs learn the neighborhoods Downtown and some of the history. South Almaden Avenue
107 Install sexy lights on Seventh below the 280 overpass. routinely walk to SJSU’s “south campus” for games and other activities. Add pedestrian lights on Seventh to aid the connection when funds are available. Sinclair Freeway
108 Install Wayfinding Signs to SJSU at the Convention Center be led to a tour of the school and its history. Maybe out San Carlos to the school and return via SoFA so they can learn about the entertainment aspects nearby. Viola Avenue
109 Install a Wayfinding Kiosk at the Convention Center find the resources Downtown that out-of-towners don’t know we have. Ideally, something video-y that could be updated easily and tweaked to the convention that’s in town.

Comment: Andrew T – Perhaps we could work with Apple or Google to do voice-based searches for places downtown. “Hilton Hotel.” “Here are the results for Hilton Hotels in downtown San Jose.” Could combine that with Apple Pay/Android Pay and an NFC reader to securely call and pay for a taxi/Uber/Lyft.

Viola Avenue
110 Fix the offset intersection at East/West Reed. move east from 280/Almaden Blvd across Market to Notre Dame High School. Currently, those drivers are forced south onto Market. A huge development (The Pierce) at that location will aggravate the issue tremendously. South 1st Street
111 Block traffic one way at various points on the numbered streets. not fear from speeders on the long stretches of old orchard roads. Palo Alto did this years ago and it has worked well to keep cut-through traffic out of the neighborhoods. South 24th Street
112 Hire Downtown Streets Team to Maintain Caltrans Properties not have to look at the trash that collects along 280. Sinclair Freeway
113 Portable Radar Trailers: “Your Speed is <Too Damned Fast>” Calm traffic on neighborhood streets without involving DOT. Units are as low as $4,000. South 20th Street
114 study to find ways to have better drainage and filtered drainage in old parts of city could have less standing water in streets after rain, and runoff could be filtered and cleaned before it enters water storage for the city This would cover 3 categories, streets, environment and technology.

Comment: Carol Valentine – currently when it rains the drains do not work well on our street and many others. A study to improve drainage could also address filtration improvements.

South 8th Street
115 Mobile Traffic Camera Pilot Program Improve safety, reduce accidents ( vehicle and pedestrian), decrease speeding, raise revenue from tickets to implement other vital traffic calming measures.

Comment: Pete Kolstad – I would love to know more about this “mobile” camera stuff. Could we have a couple that move to various hot spots in the District? A smallish investment might have a huge impact.  Contact me? pete.kolstad@gmail.com

Burton Avenue
116 Add safety to the 900 block of N. 2nd Street from Hedding to E. Younger Sts. We want more walkability and safety in our neighborhood. This area, 900 block of N. 2nd Street, doesn’t have any street lights from Hedding to Younger. In addition the road bends and narrows around the middle of the block. This causes a traffic hazard as a number of the neighbors who park their vehicles on the street are hit by motorists not paying attention.   There have been a number of accidents that cause thousands of dollars of property damage, car collisions, to the residents.  There are neighborhood children who live across the street from one another. These children will play and cross the street here too.  For the sake of neighborhood and resident safety this project is needed.

Comment: Pete Kolstad – Maybe install a solar-powered streetlight similar to the ones in Del Monte Park on Auzerais? There’s a telephone pole right near the curve.

North 2nd Street
117 Stop Light at Peruka Safely cross the road by the Elementary and High School North 25th Street
118 Round About With Plants Through San Antonio Street! Have natural (much needed) beautification on the street, have safer/slower roadways, improve the roads due to people slowing down for roundabouts and less accidents – we hear at least 1 or 2 a week on surrounding streets as people fly through San Antonio as a 680 thoroughfare. South 19th Street
119 Traffic calming. Speed bumps on 2nd, third, Taylor, and Burton between 1st and 4th, Burton to Hedding. These streets are just too fast! Not be afraid to back out of y our driveway or cross the street. North 1st Street
120 Repaint road to make Julian/McKee intersections around 101 safe again!! Stop running red lights before, over, and after 101. Stop causing accidents as a result of near-invisible limit lines and crosswalks. Improve pedestrian safety when crossing Julian at 28th. These lines have been desperately in need of paint for some time (remember that school bus accident?!) and please PLEASE let’s get this done.

Comment: Jose Posadas – agree

Bayshore Freeway
121 BART access from the Northside/Watson Park Update the path between Watson Park and the new BART station to allow safe and easy pedestrian access from the soccer fields. Jackson Street
122 Traffic Calming at the North Side Traffic calming would help avoid car accidents, car/bike accidents and people getting hit by cars. More roundabouts, fingers at cross walks and signage in school/play ground zones and at busy intersections will make the neighborhood safer, more walkable, and continue making it safer for cyclists. It will also help with the additional cars that will come when the Taylor street 101 interchange and BART open. East Empire Street
123 street improvements for Hedding and Hy 101 area as well as Oakland and Hy 101 The south side of Hedding between 14th and 17th street has never had a curb. Vehicles now park in the portion of the street where the curb should be. In order to improve visibility and safety, a curb should be added to the edge of the roadway. Oakland and Hy 101 is severely blighted with transients, garbage and run-downs business and is desperate for improvements.

Comment: Jose Posadas – Curb will be beneficial for this curved road.

North 18th Street
124 Traffic calming for wide streets Reduce the drag racing, donuts, and speeding on the streets between Watson Park/Empire Gardens school and Backesto Park/Grant Elementary.  Comment: Jose Posadas – agree East Empire Street
125 Improve traffic light synchronization on Hedding between 1st and 13th Streets more smoothly travel without stopping at each traffic light and relieve congestion. Currently there is heavy congestion because of lack of coordination of traffic lights on 1st, 4th, 7th, 10th, 11th, and 13th. It can take 20 mins to travel the mile distance between 1st and 13th during rush hour. One typically has to stop and wait at each of the six traffic lights. North 4th Street
126 Install street-level lighting and pavement decoration to beautify a dark and forbidding street enjoy walking along W. St. John Street between trendy San Pedro Market and struggling St. James Park at all times of day and night, perhaps learning about local history and culture as they go. (2 blocks between N. San Pedro & N. 1st Streets) North Market Street
127 The street light at an unsafe part of 2nd Street north of heading Reduce or eliminate the accidents at that area.

Comment: Antonina Ettare – Yes, this area, 900 block of N. 2nd Street, doesn’t have any street lights from Hedding to Younger. In addition the road bends and narrows around the middle of the block. This causes a traffic hazard as a number of the neighbors who park their vehicles on the street are hit by motorists not paying attention.  There have been a number of accidents that cause thousands of dollars of property damage, car collisions, to the residents.  There are neighborhood children who live across the street from one another. These children will play and cross the street here too. For the sake of neighborhood and resident safety this project is needed.  Thank you.

Comment: Carol and Ron Murphy – The darkness currently creates a trip hazard, especially for the many senior pedestrians. Our parked vehicle has been hit or nearly hit on two recent occasions in this stretch.

Comment: raju venkat – Street lights are needed to improve the visibility after 5pm. It is quite likely that the darkness may lead to either accidents or safety issues.

East Hedding Street
128 Change street lighting in troubled areas to LED My suggestion is to locate the most troublesome areas of our neighborhood (areas with high crime rates, accidents, homelessness, etc.) and replace the existing yellow street light bulbs with new LED bulbs. With our current lighting, we cannot see 5 feet in front of our faces. How are we supposed to watch for crime, avoid pot holes, or sleeping vagrants? And if we do happen to see a crime in progress, we have no way of offering any details to dispatchers. With the yellow lights you cannot tell what color a car, clothing, or even skin and hair is.  I understand there was a valid reason for the yellow lights at one time, but in all honesty I feel that the safety of our residents should take immediate priority over an outdated and relatively unused telescope. I also realize there are many projects this city needs to have done. Parks, murals, general neighborhood aesthetics, etc., all have valid need for this money, but in the end, if you cannot see the project, what good is putting money into it? Two other little bonuses are that there would be a lot less graffiti, since those artists (if you can call them that) do not like to be seen, and the city would save a lot of money and energy by switching to the LED’s since LED’s only take a fraction of the energy the old Sodium Vapor? style lights do.  As an example, new homes were built along 11th Street between Hedding and Taylor. The new side of the street now has LED bulbs. Walking on that side of the street allows a person to see almost as clearly as one would during the day. You feel safe knowing you can see what, and who is around you. However, directly across the street are the outdated yellow bulbs. On this side of the street people trip over uneven concrete and run into bushes. Heck, I have even walked into the side of a car parked half in a driveway because I couldn’t see it in the dark. Before making a decision, I invite you to take a walk or drive on 11th between Hedding and Taylor, or anywhere else new construction has been done within the last couple of years. The difference is literally like night and day, and I feel it could make a huge difference in the safety and security of our hood.

Comment: Jose Posadas – agree

North 13th Street
129 Fence around the El Rancho Verde apartments for safety to increase public safety Checkers Dr.
130 U Turn Sign at Mckee & King Rd. to keep everyone safe Checkers Dr.
131 fix the sidewalks along Mckee Rd. for public use Checkers Dr.
132 More public parking along McKee Rd. to decrease parking congestion in my neighborhood Checkers Dr.
133 Urban Orchard App Geotag places where fruit bearing trees are not being picked so that community groups can locate, pick and distribute fruit to underserved communities, seniors and the homebound.

Comment: Andrew T – I see so much fruit go to waste because it never gets picked! But I would leave it up to property owners to geotag their fruit trees.

North San Pedro Street
134 More technology at every middle school learn more about technology. North White Road
135 More computers for every school So that youth, elderly, and children could learn more about technology, and computing.

Comment: Andrew T – I applaud this. We definitely need improved technology training. But how do we divvy this up amongst the districts and not bleed outside District 3? Brings up the moral question of should we do this if we’re only doing this for D3, so that some SJUSD schools get computers but others don’t because of something as arbitrary as a line on a map?

Lester Shields Es Access
136 More computers for every school So that youth, elderly, and children could learn more about technology, and computing. Independence Hs Access
137 App for San Jose Districts For residents who have a hard time locating District information , this app would track your home location and tell you your District number. It would also feature District info, as well as fast contact information for City departments and services.
138 San Jose Lost animal app This app would allow residents who find lost animals to report information about animals they may come across. A lot of times people either follow animal or abandon lost animal. With this app an individual could log information about lost animal, which could then be accessed by pet owners in search of their pet. Guadalupe River Trail
139 Improve San Jose Clean App Report more problems than just graffiti to the city. Additional enhancements:  * Improve the “Other” issues to report within App rather than just giving a phone number.  * Remove the message to call 911 for emergencies. Give option to hide after seeing the first time. This is annoying when you want to report several problems.  * Ability to track the status of the problem you report within the app. South 4th Street
140 Improve City Ticket Routing When people submit an issue to the city and provide information about a problem but they report it to the wrong department, the city closes the ticket and tells the taxpayer to submit everything again to a the correct department. The city should internally transfer the ticket to the right department rather than closing and asking the taxpayer to resubmit. South 4th Street
141 Install security cameras at play ground, restrooms, soccer field,/dog park for Watson Park community . Have a safer, more secure park by detecting burglaries, drug trafficking, prostitution and general mayhem.

Comment: Jen Williams – Great idea!

Comment: Carole Beebe – Support this concept!

North 22nd Street
142 Install sexy lights on Market below the 280 overpass. walk to the growing resources in the Washington neighborhood without fearing for their lives. Faber’s bicycles is rumored to become a brew-pub, which is perfect for all the new residents coming to The Pierce, the Enterprise development and the planned Gateway Towers. South 1st Street
143 Solar Powered Cell Phone Chargers Charge their phones without breaking into streetlights (by Ernst and Young) or the Library Plaza. There could be multiple locations.

Comment: Andrew T – This could be great if combined with seating and a hard umbrella/shade

South 4th Street
144 Wayfinding Every dollar should be spent on the City_ID wayfinding budget – will have a great impact on D3 and greater Downtown San Jose.

Comment: Andrew T – I feel like I’m more familiar with what SJ is doing than the average resident, and I had never previously heard of City-ID. Even doing a Google search wasn’t particularly informative, aside from a blurb from the Knight foundation and some info from SPUR.

Cahill Street
145 Mobile City Hall app quickly report trouble spots around the City requiring attention, allowing City departments to respond efficiently with reliable information. (Only needs to take “City Sourced” Mobile City Hall app from District 1 and expand it city-wide – app already in use.) South 4th Street
146 Create a mini traffic park/learning site for young children to learn safety and proper etiquette for walking, bicycling, skating and driving children can learn and practice safe transit rules and procedures. Perhaps use school sites during summer break. Project would need to include signs, model cityscapes, and equipment (bicycles, cones, etc.) North 1st Street
147 Create a mini traffic park/learning site for young children to learn safety and proper etiquette for walking, bicycling, skating and driving children can learn and practice safe transit rules and procedures. Perhaps use school sites during summer break. Project would need to include signs, model cityscapes, and equipment (bicycles, cones, etc.) North 2nd Street
148 Bikes for Students Repair and rebuild the countless bikes that are thrown away at City Dumpster days and given to low-income students. North 21st Street
149 Renovate the McKinley Bonita Center So the community could gather there more, and help the community unite and grow. Bonita Avenue
150 scholarships Scholarships for every children in middle school and high school, so more children could have the means to pay for materials and college. Lavonne Avenue
151 More extracurricular activities for the youth. have that eagerness to focus more on school, and learn more to seek a better education. Colonade Square
152 Reopen the library located at Independence High School so that young people can use it Checkers Dr.
153 Bus to take the students to school for the students at stephan middle school Checkers Dr.
154 A program for teens and seniors to work together making crafts/food The capital improvement is in the ovens/stoves/sewing machines placed at community centers and mobile home park community centers where the two groups would meet and create. The end products could go to the homeless and/or form a business venture. It’s a mentoring project, a finance project, a job training project, and potentially a small business. North 3rd Street
155 Sidewalk Improvements near Historic Hensley Sidewalk Improvements near Historic Hensley – City would match funds with property owners to make repairs. North 3rd Street
156 Street bumps Street bumps near 28th and East San Fernando to help slow down fast drivers 28th/East San Fernando