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Op-Ed: Wider sidewalks would revitalize Southside

Bancroft and Telegraph, via Charles Siegel
Bancroft Way near Telegraph Avenue. Photo: Charles Siegel

Berkeley resident and environmental activist Charles Siegel argues, in an Opinionator piece published today, that a key step on the way to Telegraph Avenue’s revitalization will be to widen its sidewalks. Siegel, author of Unplanning: Livable Cities and Political Choices, takes a closer look at ideas suggested by Berkeley Design Advocates, which inclue converting Bancroft Way and Durant Avenue into two-way streets. Widening the sidewalks, Siegel says, “will create room to plant trees and add cafe seating on this side of the street, making it an attractive shopping street facing campus.” Center Street is an example where this has worked.

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