On behalf of the San Jose Downtown Residents Association (SJDRA), I write to express the organization’s enthusiastic support for the Light Tower Corporation’s project to build a unique, world-class landmark in our city.
SJDRA is an all-volunteer organization that was founded in 1997 by a group of concerned downtown residents with the mission of banding together to advocate, develop and sustain livability in downtown. The organization represents hundreds of residents within the downtown core. Our primary mission is to provide a place for discussion, advocacy and community for those who live, work and play in downtown San Jose.
San Jose is a vibrant, dynamic and growing community with a rich history. And yet we do not have any kind of monument or landmark that captures our city’s character in an inspiring way. Our city deserves to have such a world-class and world-renowned landmark.
Our city is on the cusp of exciting change. Major companies are looking to locate here, the Diridon Station is poised to become the “Grand Central Station of the West,” and we are densifying and attracting diverse new businesses, artists, activists and thinkers. It is time that San Jose—and the Silicon Valley more generally—had a monument both reflective of its unique history and cultural heritage, and that celebrates the contributions our region has made to the world.
The Light Tower Corporation’s plan for building such a monument is compelling. Inspired by the original Light Tower, but now looking to the national and international community for ideas and inspiration through a design competition, the Light Tower Corporation’s effort holds tremendous promise.
We are thrilled about this project and are excited to support it. We can’t wait to see what comes from this effort!
Paul A. Escobar