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Downtown San Jose Could Get Taller

In the Bay Area's biggest city, the debate over density pits two economic drivers against each other.
October 1, 2018, 9am PDT | Elana Eden
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San Jose is launching a major study of height limits for buildings downtown, The Mercury News reports—its first such review in a decade.

Businesses and city officials hope to promote a denser urban core, partly to accommodate major transit-oriented development and expansions planned by Google and Adobe Systems. But officials also say San Jose International Airport, which served just under 12.5 million passengers last year, is better served by low-slung buildings in the parts of downtown that lie in flight paths.

The San Jose City Council is beginning to review four scenarios that attempt to balance these concerns.

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Published on Monday, September 24, 2018 in Mercury News
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