Getting A Head Start With Urban Village Planning In San Jose
On April 28, residents donned hats and comfy shoes to join Greenbelt Alliance on a walking tour of the West San Carlos-South Bascom area of San Jose to highlight the need for “complete streets.” Greenbelt Alliance has spent the past several months meeting with neighborhood leaders and partnering with a team of San Jose State University graduate students in preparation for the City of San Jose’s upcoming process to create one of the first urban villages under the newly adopted Envision 2040.
Luther Burbank Elementary School Principal Marvelyn Maldanado welcomed us at the start of the tour. The school could really benefit from safer routes to school, she said. Then our team of grad students led the enthusiastic group from point to point as we heard from neighborhood leaders, transit planners and others about the various elements that go into making a street safe and accessible for all. For example, we heard about plans to bring Bus Rapid Transit down West San Carlos Street from downtown San Jose to DeAnza College. (History repeats itself! Completed in 1904, a 28-mile streetcar loop connected San Jose, Saratoga and Los Gatos before being phased out in the 1930s.)
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