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Silicon Valley could soon get mega monument to signify its power

SAN JOSE: Paris has the Eiffel Tower. St. Louis is inseparable from the Gateway Arch. Seattle boasts the Space Needle. Silicon Valley needs its own universally recognized landmark, one thing that symbolizes its power and reach. If the San Jose City Council gives final approval to the challenge this month, a global design competition might be announced this spring. The successful entry could be constructed on a city park as soon as 2021.

The backers of the San Jose Light Tower Corporation, who've raised $1 million to pursue a landmark and expect to boost tens of hundreds of thousands more earlier than it reaches fruition, are undeterred. “Optimistically, we’re going to receive hundreds of concepts,” Jon Ball, the chairman of the Light Tower board, saud at a neighborhood assembly in overdue February. Ball, a retired development executive, mentioned the idea for a landmark was born a few years ago when he was riding with his spouse, Paula, on a neighborhood freeway. She remarked that if she didn’t know she was in San Jose, she would have no clue.

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