St. James Park in downtown San Jose moved closer to getting a facelift as four architecture firms pitched their designs at an October Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services meeting.
The designs all had a focus on preserving history while encouraging everyday use.
The 7.6-acre park, which separates downtown from residential housing, is an ideal location for a cultural hub, but few residents visit and there is a strong homeless presence.
According to a 2015 National Low Income Housing Coalition report, housing in San Jose is both difficult to find and more expensive than the national average.
Many residents encourage a full remodel to shift away from its present-day condition and think a new look can draw people, similarly to how Union Square attracts visitors to New York. Others prefer funds for policing the park and assisting the homeless.