Santa Clara to Great America: Talk with your neighbor

Posted Wednesday, September 17, 2008 9:48 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Voting 6-1, Santa Clara's city council Tuesday ordered Great America to sit down with its neighbor, Prudential Real Estate, and try again for a compromise. The mission: Find a way for the 111-foot-tall ride to go up while at the same time mollifying Prudential's concerns that shrieks from delighted riders would substantially disrupt workers at its office complex west of the park.

Read more from The Mercury News.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 12:19 PM

maybe they shouldn't have built an office building so close to an existing amusement park?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 12:30 PM

Now that's just crazy talk . . .

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 1:47 PM

You! You there! You with the logic! We'll have none of that here!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 2:03 PM

"In moving to reconsider the issue at its Oct. 28 meeting, the council either bypassed or rejected other solutions, including scuttling the ride, in a standoff that's even found its way to the tiny piece of the blogosphere staked out by coaster buffs"

Yay us!

Seriously, my office window is close to the front of the building. I get to hear the screeching air handling unit on the building across the street. Plus all the buses, ambulances, and cars (some with the stereo bass set at 110 dB) that go by. What's the noise like on the street side of the Prudential building?

If Prudential wants to tell CF what attractions they can put in their park, maybe CF should tell Prudential who they can or can't lease to.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 2:37 PM

Won't you neighbor!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 3:52 PM

Maybe CF would agree to instal some more sound insulation.

On another point, regaurding the last line of the article:

"I'm still puzzled," Kolstad said, "because we apparently don't have any empirical evidence that tells us exactly how much noise this roller coaster is going to make."

Ok. He sepcifically said ROLLER COASTER, not "people on a coaster," concerning noise levels. I know it may seem like splitting hairs here, but it MIGHT make a difference.

Last edited by Hopman, Wednesday, September 17, 2008 3:55 PM
Thursday, September 18, 2008 12:00 PM


My office is located the crossroads of 2 Major Hghways, and one of the busiest roads in the Toronto area. I am close to a window, and I cannot hear a thing. Are buildings in San Jose poorly built?

Thursday, September 18, 2008 12:04 PM

Straight up shanty town baby! ;)

Thursday, September 18, 2008 5:21 PM

Go figure. Too many illegals hanging around Home Depot.


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