Face lift for Bay Street

bay streetDoes 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.

Matt Artz


  1. Sidewalk bulb-outs? I hate those. They are dangerous for bicyclists because they force them to periodically move into the car lane.

  2. maybe I am alone in my perception of the “coverage” here but with all due respect – – The way this is described feels like scatterbrained wishful thinking masquerading as urban planning.

    Concern #1 –
    To maximimize results, one needs to have a concept, a goal or a target – – – – So, what’s the goal here ?
    “Intense” development(?) Matt’s description – “…more happening streets….”

    Now them thar must be sum real hi-tek kinda discushin items ! Sounds good to me.

    I’m sorry but “intense” development isn’t exactly a steely-eyed description of what we expect in return for our invested buck and time . . . Nor does it enssure that any involved stakeholders (queue crickets chirping) share a common vision.

    Concern #2 – we are reportedly “hoping” for a result (whatever that result is). Whatever happened to developing a plan, and doing so with the involvment of community members and then using your civic contributions to the vision as an incentive to work together ??? You’re not “hoping” for anything – -you’re planning and executing and delivering a tangible result.

    All of the above wouldn’t be nearly as frustrating if we weren’t whining about not having resources to fix streets and prune trees and respond to residential break-ins – – – – Dont get me wrong – I’d LOVE to see us develope and execute a plan of community improvements – but, the way this is described sure doesnt fill me with confidence that we’ve defined a clear vision or that we stand a fair chance of realizing that vision.

    What IS clear, is that we’ll spend the dough to do whatever we’re gonna do.

    (HOPE ??!!)

    Maybe this is just scantilly written coverage – – – maybe it’s well covered but poorly planned – – – my apologies to whichever faction I’ve unfairly criticized.

    BTW Matt – This being a proverbial second shoe to the previous “hope” – You know – that parking garage you described that was put up a couple of years ago – – –

    A really good adendum to your report would be to describe how effectively (or not) that the previous “hope” delivered. (This might be one of those “million dollar questions” we keep talking about)

    But – once again, in the absence of a clear vision – – – – – ahhhhh, never mind.

  3. Quick (no big deal) correction to bbox231…

    It is not a parking garage, but a parking lot. No structure, just asphalt. That being said, it is a permeable, “green” parking lot, designed and built to have less of an impact on the ground underneath.

    Check out page 11 of this linked document. Bay Street Demonstration Parking Lot:,+CA&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

    To see more of the Bay Street plan follow this link:


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