San José Redevelopment Agency Photograph Collection

This collection includes research materials and photographs from sundry projects undertaken by the San José Redevelopment Agency (SJRA).

About the Collection

The SJRA was a government agency created in 1956 to improve the quality of life by creating jobs, affordable housing, neighborhood cohesion, and better public facilities.

With the San José City Council serving as its governing body, the Redevelopment Agency partnered with businesses and community organizations to revitalize San José’s economy. The SJRA was one of the largest tax increment producing redevelopment agencies in California. It was active in twenty-one project areas which together represented approximately sixteen percent of the city's area and providing approximately thirty-three percent of the city’s jobs.

Effective February 1, 2012, all redevelopment agencies in California were dissolved pursuant to AB 1X 26.

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