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Grassroots movement cleans up abandoned railroad

Spartan Daily, May 2014

Residents of the Five Wounds and Brookwood Terrace neighborhoods and its allies partnered with students to clean up trash at the abandoned railroad tracks near Five Wounds church on Saturday. Terry Christensen, a retired SJSU political science professor and executive director of Friends of Five Wounds Trail, said the Friends of Five Wounds Trail is a community organization that advocates turning the abandoned railroad line by Five Wounds Portuguese National Church into a hiking and biking trail. Read more

Community’s vision sparks urban village

Silicon Valley Business Journal, April 2012

The residents of a working-class neighborhood in downtown San Jose wanted to be proactive about developing a plan around a future planned BART station for the area. The community wanted more than mass transit and a parking lot to support it, so neighbors teamed up with urban planning students at San Jose State University to come up with a plan that would turn the neighborhood surrounding Five Wounds Portuguese National Church at 1375 E. Santa Clara St. into an urban village. Read more

Healing Five Wounds

SJSU Washington Square Magazine, Fall 2011

Mighty Union Pacific trains once pulsed through downtown San José, a land rich with agriculture.  But now both the trains and orchards are gone — leaving behind a skeleton of derelict railroad track and city-dwellers with no easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  A broad coalition sees in these remains the seeds of a community renewal.  This community-university-city partnership — called CommUniverCity — seeks to use the fallow land to restore health to the working-class neighborhood surrounding Five Wounds Church.  Read more

Opinion: It takes a village to plan a village: San Jose should respect Five Wounds project

San Jose Mercury News, January 2011

We’re excited that San Jose’s Envision 2040 Task Force has proposed urban villages throughout the city as part of the new general plan. We’d like to advise, however, that it takes a village to plan a village. That’s what we’ve been doing for the past few years in the neighborhoods surrounding Five Wounds Church.  Read more