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The Olds Can't Cramp Berkeley Council's Style



    The Olds Can't Cramp Berkeley Council's Style

    City Council hopefuls in Berkeley are making an issue of downtown development, and their solutions are as diverse, feel-good and pricey as a Cafe Gratitude menu. Taller buildings, affordable housing and roundabouts -- or more police patrols, less density and neighborhood crime-watch meetings? One thing's for sure: there's a lot of passion on Shattuck. With a handful of big projects already on the docket, from the Trader Joe's to high-rise condos and hotels, it seems like downtown's on the up-and-up. So why all the angst? As one Berkeley Community College prof put it: "A lot of old radicals have become pretty moderate. The emotion is still there, but these days it's more about local issues." Unfortunately for them, that emotion might be -- surprise! -- a wee bit misplaced. Berkeley Planning Director Dan Marks says the department hasn't seen such hard times since the 1920s as developers are sitting tight through this whole recession thing.
    · Downtown top issue in Berkeley council races [SF Gate]
    · Development Wanes in Wake of Economic Woes [Berkeley Daily Planet]
    · Development Watch: Berkeley Gets High as Hell [Curbed SF]

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