El Camino Real has a noble history. It was the “royal road” that connected the Franciscan Missions in California. But now the street, which links 19 cities between San Francisco and San Jose, is filled with oil-change shops and strip malls. The Grand Boulevard Initiative wants to change that. A group of counties and cities are teaming up to turn El Camino into a pedestrian-friendly street reminiscent of Paris’ Champs Elysees. We’ll discuss the vision for the new El Camino Real and potential roadblocks.
Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network and co-chair of the Grand Boulevard Task Force
Kevin Connolly, transit planning manager for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Dena Belzer, president of Strategic Economics, an urban economics consulting firm
Corinne Goodrich, manager of strategic development for the San Mateo County Transit District and program manager for the Grand Boulevard Initiative