San Jose and Los Angeles are similar urban areas, despite their population differences. Both are primarily auto-oriented (with San Jose sometimes derisively referred to as “L.A. without the beach”). And both have recently sought to transform themselves into rail-oriented cities in recent decades.
Today at land use think tank SPUR in San Jose, the Honorable Rod Diridon and I will trace the history of the two cities’ urban transformation at a lunchtime talk. Mr. Diridon has a long and distinguished career in urban transportation issues in the South Bay, with a Caltrain/light rail transit station named after him just outside of downtown (we graded the surrounding neighborhood a “B” in our Next 10/Berkeley Law October report grading station neighborhoods across California).
The event is free and begins at 12:30. More information can be found here. I hope you can join.