It's a steady presence in an area famous for change, and now a plan is in place to keep a San Jose landmark around permanently, even in the face of new development.
Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager is spearheading the effort to preserve the carousel sign above Cambrian Park Plaza. When the sign went up, in 1953, Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, and the first color televisions went on sale. Soon, the sign may be given historical landmark status.
"California is so new that any kind of preservation of history is a good thing,” said Los Gatos resident Jennifer Yee.
The shopping center at Camden and Union avenues is under new ownership, and so far, there are no plans to replace the sign. But a guarantee would, some say, be appreciated.
"There's something to be said about anchoring some sort of memory to the place for the people that have been going here for many years,” said San Jose resident Matt Garadis.
Supervisor Yeager said his proposal is only the first step on the path to getting historical status for the sign. He said the process could take several months.