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2016 Grand Boulevard Initiative Award Nominations - Due Friday, June 24th!

PhotoCollageGrand Boulevard Initiative invites its member agencies to submit nominations for the fourth round of Grand Boulevard Awards for projects and plans that embody the 10 Guiding Principles and Grand Boulevard Initiative Vision of creating people friendly places from Daly City to San Jose.

Eligible projects must be located within a half-mile of El Camino Real/Mission St/The Alameda (State Route 82) in San Mateo or Santa Clara Counties between northern Daly City and San Jose at Diridon Station. 

There are three different Award categories. A project or plan will be evaluated based on its level of compliance with the 10 Guiding Principles.

  • Project, Public
  • Project, Private
  • Visionary

Read More below to learn how to submit a Nomination.

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Check out the NEW Grand Boulevard Initiative Message Platform!

gbi_one-pager_v9The Message Platform supports future Grand Boulevard Initiative outreach efforts, with the intent of empowering the Grand Boulevard Initiative’s Task Force, Working Committee, and Community Leaders Roundtable members with the tools and message strategies to engage in civic discourse with residents and the business community on how the El Camino Real Corridor communities can grow in a sustainable way.The Message Platform includes the following:

  • Core Message and Master Narrative
  • Jargon Toolkit – Words to Avoid
  • Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
  • One-Page Information Sheet (pictured to the right)
  • PowerPoint presentation template
  • Message Platform On-Demand Webinar Training

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Just Released: Economic & Housing Opportunities Assessment (ECHO) Phase II

The ECHOII report provides potential strategies and tools for GBI communities to overcome barriers to infil development in the El Camino Real Corridor. The overarching strategies include:

  • Plan for Vibrant Activity Nodes
  • Align Land Use Regulations with Market and Physical Conditions
  • Coordinate Public and Private Investment to Create Walkable Places and Support Desired Development

The strategies and tools suggested in this report are based on thorough analysis of case studies in four cities that are representative of common conditions and challenges along the Corridor. 

Click here to learn more and read the ECHOII Report

Corridor Guidance - TIGER II Complete Streets Final Report Now Available!

sustainable streetsCalifornia State Route 82, El Camino Real/Mission Street, is seen by local communities as a barrier to livability and walkability, rather than a community asset. The TIGER II Complete Streets Project, funded by a US Department of Transportation TIGER II Planning Grant, seeks to overcome this situation by facilitating the re-design of the roadway to integrate sustainable development and encourage pedestrians, transit, and investment in the El Camino Real Corridor.

Check out the TIGER II Complete Streets Final Report to learn about the process for transforming an urban State Highway into a complete/sustainable street and for guidance on future streetscape designs in the El Camino Real Corridor and other urban transportation corridors across the nation.

Click here for more information and to download a copy of the Final Report. 

NEW!! 2013 Grand Boulevard Progress Report

The 2013 Grand Boulevard Initiative Progress Report showcases the success of the member organizations towards achieving the Grand Boulevard Vision. The document summarizes Grand Boulevard studies and highlights exceptional projects and plans in each Corridor jurisdiction. A foldout insert to the document contains an infographic that tells the story of the history, present, and future of the El Camino Real Corridor. Click the links below to view the full document and infographic.

2013 Grand Boulevard Initiative Progress Report (PDF)

Changing Corridor Infographic (PDF)  
Changing Corridor Infographic (GIF) 

 

Grand Boulevard Award Winners Announced

The 2013 Grand Boulevard Award Winners were endorsed by the Task Force today. For a list of award winners and to learn more about the program click the link below. 

2013 Grand Boulevard Award Winners 

Upcoming Events

Working Committee Meeting

May 22, 2017 | 10AM - 12PM
Belmont City Hall (EOC Room)

Task Force Meeting

June 28, 2017 | 10AM - 12PM
Santa Clara University (Santa Clara)