‘Despicable gift’ or ‘iconic structure?’ New downtown San Jose landmark OK’d despite backlash

A rendering of “Breeze of Innovation” by Fernando Jerez and Belén Pérez de Juan of SMAR Architecture Studio, which was chosen as the design for Urban Confluence Silicon Valley’s planned landmark at the Guadalupe River Park in downtown San Jose. (Courtesy Urban Confluence Silicon Valley)

What was intended as a gift to attract positive attention and create an iconic downtown destination in the nation’s tenth largest city has become a point of division and contention for some vocal residents of San Jose.

Despite backlash from dozens of residents and environmental advocates, San Jose leaders have decided to move forward with plans for a

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