Mike Kim grew up in San Jose and can deftly describe the transformation of the city’s downtown — its gradual, and at times painful, progress toward becoming an urban destination.
Planners and developers have been waiting for the day when there are enough feet in the street to create a big city vibe in the downtown core.
That day may be upon us now that plans are on the table to remake downtown San Jose into a massive, transit-centered Google village with up to 20,000 new jobs. Separately, Adobe Systems has announced its own expansion plans to bring 3,000 more workers downtown.
We turned to Kim to discuss the “sheer magnitude,” as he put it, of these proposed efforts.
As chief investment officer for Simeon Properties, Kim has skin in the game.