South San Francisco, San Mateo County, CA (2001-2004)

Client: San Mateo County Economic Development Association (Samceda)-Peninsula Policy Partnership (P3); San Mateo County Transit District; The County of San Mateo

The Peninsula Corridor Planning effort built upon the city’s recently revised general plan, which recognizes the downtown’s role in shaping the image of the city and the importance of better linking the downtown to the train station, and promotes “downtown as a pedestrian-friendly mixed use activity centers — with a variety of residential types and densities.”

The plan developed by PPS recommended ways of expanding the streetscape improvements constructed on Grand Avenue, the main street of the downtown, to other streets to better link adjacent neighborhoods, as well as the train station; identified strategies for taking advantage of the tremendous opportunity lying dormant in several sites within easy walking distance of the Caltrain Station for creating mixed-use development that would create active edge uses around the Caltrain station, thereby increasing ridership and use of the transit facilities; and developed two schemes for “taming” Airport Boulevard, a state highway that cuts the city in half – a roundabout scheme and a center-median plan.