Civic innovation through public surveys

In Summer 2016, the Paseo Public Prototyping Challenge conducted surveys to learn from the public what challenges they see facing the City of San José. Browse the outcomes of our work and contribute to the public dataset by taking the online Paseo survey below!


We sought to identify the 16 most important issues facing San José today. We then asked the public, “What are the 5 biggest problems facing the City of San José?”

The resulting data from our clipboard surveys will help San José State University students build innovative prototypes to solve real-world problems through civic innovation and multidisciplinary collaboration in the Paseo Public Prototyping Challenge.


In an effort to include even more of San José’s public, our survey team – lead by Corinne Okada Takara – set up publicly accessible boards in the following downtown areas: South First Friday , Alum Rock Farmer’s Market, and over a weekend at SJSU’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. Each board asked the question, “How can we make San José a better place to live, work, and play?” with participants given clipboard surveys, post-it notes and pens to respond with. Take a look at what people had to say and where they were saying it below.

"Build out South of Bernal".


"Wish people could live in single family homes".

"Education & after school programs".

"The City should support growing food, saving water, harvesting energy".

"More park events: music, performance art".

"More green spaces".

"More green spaces".


"Cleaner roads and parks".

"Clean our town!!".

"Garbage Collection & Street cleaning".

"Sanitation: Trash, Sewer".

"Pick-up garbage".

"Accidents at McKee & King".

"More bike lanes".

"All houses are too expensive".

"Healthcare for everyone. Better living conditions for the homeless".

"Heath Care".

"Pigeon droppings three inches thick at underpass at 1st and 280! Santa Clara SO has work release contract to clean area but don't".

"Food dispenser for homeless. (need place for late night food)".

"Stop spraying Round-up. It's killing our honey bee pollinators".

"Build more bathrooms for the homeless".

"Respect from cops!!".

"Robot to pick up trash".

"More participation from the inhabitants about their community".

"Free tickets for San Jose residents with a +1 nor resident for events".

"Free bathrooms".

"Pick up trash!".

"Housing. I go to Santa Clara University! I am Vietnamese!".


We asked, and you spoke! Working with Corinne Okada Takara and the people of San José, we generated 6 different datatypes and outcomes including audio surveys on SoundCloud, paper charts, datasets, images, drawings and more!