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Grand Boulevard Initiative
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Welcome! The Grand Boulevard Initiative is a regional collaboration dedicated to the revitalization of the El Camino Real corridor, as it runs through San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in the California Bay Area. If you're new to the Grand Boulevard, please watch the video to the right or visit the About Us section.

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San Carlos Community Event

Come visit the Grand Boulevard Initiative booth and activities at the last San Carlos Farmer's Market of the season! Experts in health, transportation, and the environment will be there to talk with you about your vision for the future of your community and El Camino Real.

Thursday, September 20th
4 PM - 8PM

San Carlos Farmer's Market
700 Block of Laurel Street, Downtown San Carlos

Click here for more information.
Click here for the event flyer.
 

El Camino Real Celebrates 100 Years!

August 7th marked the 100 year anniversary of the first paving of the California State Highway System, which happened on El Camino Real in San Bruno.  Two community events were held to celebrate this historic occasion.  The Grand Boulevard Initiative hosted a booth at the San Bruno Farmer’s Market on August 5th to kick off the festivities.  A formal celebration was held on August 7th, with dignitaries commemorating the history and future of the El Camino Real Corridor, a historic re-enactment of the 1912 shovel turning, and a historic car procession with over 70 automobiles, ranging from 1906 to 2012.

Check out these news articles and fun photos:
Leaders Celebrate 100th Anniversary of El Camino Real in Old-Time Style
‘Hometown Highway’ Turns 100
Construction of El Camino Real Began 100 Years Ago Today

 

Video: An Evening with Gil Peñalosa

On June 4th, 2012, the Grand Boulevard Initiative held an event with renowned city advisory and active public spaces advocate, Gil Peñalosa. Mr. Peñalosa led the effort to create one of the most successful and celebrated parks and recreation systems in the world when he served as the former Commissioner of Parks, Sports, and Recreation for the City of Bogotá, Colombia.

This video is of the entire event. Sit back, relax, and be inspired.

 

Op Ed: A New Vision for El Camino Real

Task Force Co-Chairs Russell Hancock and Michael Scanlon wrote an Op Ed that appeared in the SF Chronicle last Friday. The article celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the first paving of El Camino Real and explains the significance of the Grand Boulevard Initiative within the context of the road's history. Click the link below to read the article.

Op Ed: A New Vision for El Camino Real
 

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