Does better infrastructure beget more happening streets? Fremont is about to find out.
The city is pumping more than $8 million for streetscape improvements to Bay Street, Papazian Way and Trimboli Way in the Irvington District.
They’re going to widen sidewalks, install a traffic circle with a coastal live oak tree in the middle, plant 43 other trees, install bike racks and steel benches, and construct decorative street lights.
And, of course, no urban design project is complete without sideway bulb-outs to make it easier for folks to cross the street.
The hope is that all the improvements, and some looser zoning rules, will persuade property owners to build more “intense” development in the area. A couple of years ago, the city built a new parking lot there in hopes that all the infrastructure improvements would lead to a parking shortage. We’ll see.