Reclaiming Our Downtown

Santa Clara, California

The Return of Santa Clara’s “Heart” – an amazing and economically vibrant Downtown – to its original Street Grid starting in 2020!

OUR “WHY:”
To return an extraordinary Downtown back to Santa Clara on its original street grid.
 We are “The Center of All Things Possible” and Santa Clara is in the center of Silicon Valley. Currently, however, the historic downtown district contains a parking lot, an apartment complex, a couple of strip malls, and not much else. What we build will indeed permanently define who we are!

OUR “HOW:”
o Return the original Downtown Street Grid.
o Integrate Santa Clara’s historic Main Street leading to Santa Clara’s Mission Plaza Park (Santa Clara’s first city park!)
o Return key architectural buildings, facades and features of the original Downtown.
o Protection of current and future retailers.
o Addition of mixed-use buildings (residential, business offices, and retail).
o The return of a working trolley system to connect Downtown to the nearby transit center and coming BART station.

This Page’s Goals:
o This site shows the HISTORY and FUTURE of our original downtown district and its original street grid dating back to the 1840s..
o It showcases vintage photographs taken prior to 1967, with recollections from those who recall an era long ago but never forgotten. o We also highlight the “best practices” of successful U.S. downtowns and highlight your ideas on how to make it uniquely Santa Clara!

Next Steps:
o Urban renewal demolished eight blocks of our historic downtown in the 1960s. Now, more than half a century later, it’s time to reclaim our history, revitalize, and create a first-class destination downtown! Return the heart and soul of our city to this historic region and Reclaim Our Downtown!
o We are collaborating with Santa Clara citizens, city leaders and staff, current retails and landowners for establishing a revitalized Downtown by 2025.  It will be located in the exact eight block grid of the original historic downtown district. The revitalized downtown will address residential and retail needs of today’s Santa Clarans, while paying homage to our original Downtown. 
Join us as we work together to return our downtown and make history!

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Key Visions for Our Downtown:

  • Return the Exact Street Grid.
  • Creation of a Planned Downtown, not just a series of unrelated projects.
  • Blend key Architectural Features of our Original Downtown with architecturally-significant urban design and mixed use.
  • Protect current Retailers and Residents.
  • Return the historic Trolley with a modern vision.

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