Taking Santa Clara Street from Bland to Grand: What Can San José Learn From Efforts to “Re-enchant” the Champs Elysées?

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Santa Clara Street

Santa Clara Street is San José’s “main drag” and the main spine through downtown – but what does it say about San José? So much of its colorful history was erased by cars. In late 2023, the City will begin a process to re-envision Santa Clara Street. What will it take for San José to take pride in Santa Clara Street? Together, we will learn from the efforts to “re-enchant” and reimagine one of the world's best-known boulevards, the Champs-Elysées, as the center of public life in Paris, and ponder what lessons we can apply to Santa Clara Street’s own re-enchantment.

  • Philippe Chiambaretta / PCA-Stream
  • Etienne Riot / PCA-Stream
  • Eric Eidlin / City of San José
  • Laura Tolkoff / SPUR


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