With a population of about 40,000 within its six square mile jurisdiction, Campbell has limited opportunities for new growth. However, the city has and continues to maintain a pro-growth development attitude. Because land for expansion of the City's boundaries is virtually nonexistent, the focus has changed to infill projects and redevelopment. The city created its first Redevelopment Project Area in 1983 with the intent of revitalizing the downtown and surrounding areas. The redevelopment process is going strong and there continues to be a variety of opportunities for commercial, office, restaurant, and housing projects in or near the downtown area.
While redevelopment is helping to revitalize many part of the city, a focus on preserving the city's past is also underway. One of Campbell's treasures is the Ainsley House. Beautifully restored in an enchanting park-like setting, the English Tudor style architecture of the historic home transports the visitor to the bygone era of the 1920s. Built in 1925 as the home for Campbell canning pioneer J.C. Ainsley and his wife Alcinda, the home was moved to its present location in 1990. The exquisitely restored and decorated 15 rooms are furnished with much of the original furniture of the era when it was one of the grand homes of the Santa Clara Valley. The surrounding English gardens are a refreshing respite for the visitor to this unique historic house.
First opened in 1938, the Heritage Theatre (formerly the Campbell High School Auditorium) has been the center of educational events that united generations for over 40 years. Closed in 1982 and renovated in 2002 with a grand opening in 2004, the Heritage Theatre now offers ticketed events as well as rentals for community non-profit groups, in-house productions, schools and other organizations.
The Campbell Historical Museum has been located in the city's first public building, Firehouse #1, since 1983. Featured exhibits touch on the city's history and daily life in the Santa Clara Valley, as well as hands-on exhibits, archives and photographs, and much more.