EAGLE ROCK — When people here talk about “The Boulevard,” they are most likely referring to Colorado Boulevard. This is where many new restaurants and shops have opened thanks to private and public efforts to revitalize the neighborhood’s main street. But now some residents say it’s time to spend more time, money and love on the  neighborhood’s other main drag: Eagle Rock Boulevard.

“Rock the Boulevard” is the name of the community effort to inject new energy and investment into a two-mile stretch of Eagle Rock Boulevard between Colorado Boulevard on the north and York Boulevard on the south. It mirrors  the campaign — and involves some of the same community leaders and groups — that helped renew Colorado Boulevard. That initiative was called Take Back the Boulevard.

Rock The Boulevard Community Meeting

  • Tuesday, March 20: 7 pm – 9 pm
  • Women’s Twentieth Century Club of Eagle Rock, 51o5 Hermosa Avenue.

The idea behind both efforts is to make the streets more walkable and pedestrian friendly. That in turn attracts more businesses to feed off the foot traffic and turn the streets into destinations instead of just funnels for traffic.  At least that’s the concept.

New businesses — including a Sprouts market — have popped up on Eagle Rock Boulevard and new residential development is works. But many say the street could use a more concerted effort to deal with some challenges and problems.

For one thing,  Eagle Rock Boulevard is very wide — four lanes of traffic and a median. That can make it daunting to cross a street frequently filled with speeding motorists.  Pedestrians must also deal with broken sidewalks and a lack of shade trees.

These are some of the issues that are being taken up during a series of community meetings to help shape the long-term goals and vision for Rock the Boulevard, which is headed by Bob Gotham, the former, long-time head of the Eagle Rock Association.

“What is really critical is the involvement of the community in this process,” Gotham told The Occidental, the Occidental College student-run news site.  “It is up to us to engage the community to the point where we can say these are the things the community would like to see happen.”

The next meeting is scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, March, 20, from 7 pm. to 9 pm at the Women’s Twentieth Century Club of Eagle Rock, 51o5 Hermosa Avenue.

Organizers are also asking residents to take an online survey to help determine the main issues and

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