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Join us for a Public Charrette in San Jose!

AARP Livable Communities Charrette: Reimagining Urban Villages & Main Streets in San Jose

NOTE: Although the charrette has ended, progress on the two sites continues to be made. Learn what's evolving around the North 13th Street Business Corridor site HERE. Learn what's evolving around the Berryessa/BART Urban Village site HERE. For questions or comments, please contact

Take part in a multi-day design event in your community!

From April 30th - May 5th, AARP will host an AARP Livable Communities Charrette to address livability in the City of San Jose. The Charrette will bring together community members, local non-profits, property owners, developers, designers, and public entities to creatively develop strategies for two communities: (1) Berryessa/BART Urban Village and (2) North 13 th Street Business Corridor. We invite you to learn more about the charrette and make sure your voice is heard.

JOIN US at one or all of these events:


Open Design Production (see above). No registration is necessary. Drop-ins are welcome.

Berryessa/BART Urban Village Focus Group | Monday, April 30 th | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Learn more and RSVP at

Opening Presentation and Panel | Monday, April 30 th | 6:00-9:00 p.m. Learn more and RSVP at Light refreshments and appetizers provided.

North 13th Street Business Corridor Focus Group | Tuesday, May 1 st | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Learn more and RSVP at

Community Cookout | Wednesday, May 2 nd | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Learn more and RSVP at Dinner provided.

Midterm Presentation | Thursday, May 3 rd | 5:00-7:00 p.m. Learn more and RSVP at

Final Presentation and Open House | Saturday, May 5 th | 10:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Learn more and RSVP at Lunch provided.

All events are FREE and all attendees will receive FREE admission to the Tech Museum of Innovation on the day(s) of the event(s) that they attend.

ABOUT the AARP Livable Communities Charrette: Reimagining Urban Villages & Main Streets in San Jose

What is a Livable Community?

AARP defines a livable community as one that is safe and secure, has appropriate and affordable housing and transportation options, and includes needed services and desirable features. A livable community is designed with all residents in mind, from young children to older adults who want to remain in their community as they age. To learn more about what makes a livable community visit

What is an AARP Livable Communities Charrette?

An AARP Livable Communities Charrette is a community driven design process that results in the production of an innovative and feasible solution that leverages existing resources and aligns with the communities’ values. Community engagement is the key component of the AARP Livable Communities Charrette process.

A “charrette” is a design term that refers to a rapid, intensive, and creative work session in which a design team focuses on a particular project(s). It brings together the community and all interested parties to develop a collaborative solution that takes a holistic approach to develop a viable plan with the expectation of implementation.

Why should I participate?

This is your community and you are the expert. This is a chance for you to be a part of creating positive change that impacts the growth of your community for years to come. We need your ideas, input, and feedback to ensure that the plan reflects your community’s values.

Why is AARP California participating?

AARP empowers people to choose how they live as they age. AARP California is AARP’s team that works on the ground, on behalf of the 3.3 million members in the state and those ages 50+, to bring this mission to life. AARP California, in collaboration with communities across the state, helps to make California’s counties, towns and cities great places to live for people of all ages. This includes supporting efforts to increase accessible and affordable housing options.

Who is paying for the charrette?

The AARP California State Office and the AARP National Livable Communities Team are providing funding, in collaboration with local organizations and government who are contributing staff and consultants to support this project.

Check back for weekly updates! Event times are subject to change. This website represents the most up-to-date information.


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