What: Former empty retail fronts now filled with artists’ installations.

Why it Works: Three vacant buildings lining the street on San Fernando and half a dozen more continuing around the corner on South First Street are now filled with artists’ displays and installations. Phantom Galleries was created to both renew the magic in the daily journey downtown and increase the awareness of the importance of our local artists in the cultural/economic development of San Jose. It’s rare not to pass down either San Fernando or South First Streets while either working or playing downtown. The San Jose Museum is directly across the street on San Fernando, some of our nicest restaurants are either across the street from the Phantom Galleries or just around the corner. Another plus is that the street itself is beautiful and features very clean, wide sidewalks with light rail passing along the historic buildings.

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