Slideshow: Imagining a Vibrant El Camino

El Camino Real started out as a footpath connecting the 21 Franciscan missions, before accommodating horse-drawn wagons, trains and cars.  Can you imagine a future where people on foot, bike, bus, train and car can all access and share the corridor?

According to Greenbelt Alliance research, El Camino is among seven smart spots around the region where new homes and jobs are a natural fit. In fact, this vital corridor can comfortably accommodate 14% of the region’s growth.

In honor of Affordable Housing Week 2010, Greenbelt Alliance organized a bus tour for over 40 participants to celebrate some new and old assets along the El Camino Real corridor, such as Centennial Way, a new 3-mile bike and pedestrian path above the BART right-of-way; and downtown San Mateo’s reuse of historic buildings. Our partners on the tour included the Sierra Club, the Grand Boulevard Initiative, the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County and SamTrans. Enjoy the photo highlights of this “Grand Boulevard Tour.”

Read more about projects along El Camino on the Grand Boulevard Initiative’s website or in the San Francisco Chronicle story about the bus tour. Check out the rest of the photos from the tour on Flickr.

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