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Hwy 101 ~ Past, Present, Future

Blog Post - February 7, 2017

Category: What's New

(Painting by Mary Helmreich, Artist)

On Thursday, February 16th, the City of Carlsbad will be hosting a very special community meeting and panel discussion on "The Road to Carlsbad's Past and Future" with three distinguished speakers.

Historic Highway 101 (Carlsbad Boulevard) provides us with a connection to our past while showcasing miles of natural beauty. Since our beginning as a town in the 1880s, transportation through Carlsbad has been constantly evolving, from the horse and carriage centered on Highway 101, to the steam engine and rail, to the car and interstate highway system.

On February 16th, come to a panel discussion and community meeting to find out:

* How has Highway 101’s history shaped our city’s past and present?
* How do our planning and transportation choices affect our quality of life, connect people and enhance the community’s natural beauty?
* What’s the future of Carlsbad’s coast?

Feb. 16th from 4 – 5: 30 p.m.
Carlsbad City Library Schulman Auditorium
1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad 92011

Join us for a look at Historic Hwy 101 then and now . . . and into the future. Meet the experts, ask your questions and find out how you can be involved. RSVP to 760-434-2820 or

The event will feature three speakers:

Peder Norby is special projects coordinator for the City of Carlsbad, with more than 20 years’ experience working with cities and in the areas of transportation and planning. Prior to his position in Carlsbad, Norby worked for 17 years with the City of Encinitas in various positions, including serving as the Hwy 101 corridor coordinator for 10 years. A San Diego native, Norby has served as a San Diego County Planning Commissioner for the past nine years.

Dan Burden’s work has been covered by the Associated Press, The Discovery Channel, National Public Radio and in 2001, he was  named by TIME magazine as “one of the six most important civic innovators in the world.” Burden was the cofounder and former executive director of the nonprofit Walkable and Livable Communities Institute bringing together street design, public safety, economic development and land use planning to create communities that are pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. He is currently director of innovation and inspiration at Blue Zones. Over the course of his 40-year career, he has worked with more than 3,500 communities nationally and internationally. 

Kathleen Ferrier is director of advocacy for Circulate San Diego, where she builds support for active transportation, better transit and sustainable land use. She has spearheaded numerous workshops and lectures on “complete streets,” or how street design can improve traffic flow, make roads safer and contribute to a more vibrant community and economy. Ferrier has also worked with communities across the region to understand local decision making processes to implement safe infrastructure, authored or co-authored numerous studies, and created the San Diego Regional Walk Scorecard.