Author: Bob Staedler (Bob Staedler)

Staedler: A hard look at the San Jose Downtown Association

The deeply troubling comments of the San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA) Director Scott Knies shows the toxic nature of the national political scene has fully infected San Jose. It has never been clearer to me than when I witnessed Knies going off the rails at his yearly member meeting. It is generally a victory lap...

Staedler: The Downtown San Jose BART Station needs a second entrance

The Downtown/San Jose State BART Station’s impact on Downtown San Jose cannot be underestimated. The current plan for this station only has an entrance on the north of Santa Clara Street and Market Street side of downtown. Being short sighted in limiting the number of locations accessible to this station will be this projects Achilles...

Staedler: Retail downtown needs a strong foundation to build upon

One of the greatest challenges to face downtown San Jose is the lack of a stable retail base. The former and now dissolved San Jose Redevelopment Agency worked tirelessly on creating retail in downtown San Jose and beyond. We spent an ungodly amount of money to create retail before it was ready to take hold....

Staedler: Let’s keep it simple when it comes to ‘granny units’

One of the most commonly discussed housing items in the Bay Area involves Accessory Dwelling Units — or ADUs — also called ‘granny units.’ If you talk to someone who’s gone through the process, particularly in San Jose, they will tell you their tales of woe. San Jose has been making piecemeal process improvements on...

Staedler: Let’s be realistic about retail in housing development

The unrealistic hopes and dreams for small and vibrant retail uses in housing projects have become a huge deterrent in the development of tragically-needed new housing. I will continue to use a variation of the word “tragic” when describing our region’s housing situation because we left “crisis” status years ago. We need a massive number of...

Staedler: Could the Sharks leave San Jose?

As San Jose prepares for its evolution into Downtown 2.0, it has to deal with the growing pains that come from such a transition. One of the biggest challenges the city faces is its ongoing relationship with the San Jose Sharks. For decades, the Sharks have been a major stimulus and economic driver for Downtown...

Staedler: It’s time to pivot to Affordable Housing 2.0

A lot has been written about the housing tragedy that we are experiencing in Silicon Valley. I say tragedy because the over-used and trite term “housing crisis” is no longer descriptive of what we’re facing. The housing tragedy that we are experiencing has caused displacement, tearing families apart and nothing is changing fast enough to...

Staedler: Just be yourself, San Jose

“Doesn’t San Jose want to be San Francisco?” That’s the question I’ve been asked repeatedly over the last 20 years from people outside of the Bay Area. This is usually asked in a well meaning and earnest manner. Most people have little knowledge of the area and think of San Francisco as the shining example...

Staedler: Don’t overthink Opportunity Zones

Opportunity Zones are a hot topic in real estate development these days. I often get asked my opinion is on the program and whether it’s a safe place to put capital. Per the California Opportunity Zone Portal website, Opportunity Zones are a new tool for community development. Established in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Opportunity...

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