Asphalt and car lanes would be replaced with grass, playgrounds, seating and eating areas — transforming what is now concrete into a pedestrian and bicycle pathway.
The renovated plaza will have café tables and chairs, new trees, a sculpture, a sound installation, and a stage for the dozen of live performances planned each month.
These private districts have no accountability and have worked to criminalize the poor and the homeless. Berkeley should disestablish the DBA.
The project is almost a year behind schedule. The heavy rains in 2016-17 caused about 50 rain days. A dispute between the general contractor and some subs has also slowed progress.
Many people are on high alert about political rallies after recent tragic events in Charlottesville.
Downtown business owners and neighbors expressed frustration that a new center for young adults with mental illness and substance abuse problems was approved without public input.
Kate Harrison is a nuts-and-bolts kind of woman and she knows how to focus on getting the best bang for the buck.
Ben Gould is the only candidate who supports housing production for middle and upper-income residents.
Ben Gould, who is running for City Council representing District 4, will make sure that Berkeley sets itself on a course to becoming a truly inclusive community.
Both District 4 Berkeley council hopefuls answer eight questions, posed by the Downtown Berkeley Association, about the future of the downtown.
Tom Dalzell thinks Kate Harrison would preserve the distinctive character of Berkeley.
The Downtown Berkeley Association sent eight questions on the future of downtown to all candidates standing for office. Here are their answers.
MEET ME DOWNTOWN DAY Berkeley’s downtown will come alive on Sunday with the first Meet Me Downtown Day. Five major arts venues and the Downtown YMCA will be open with free events and numerous downtown restaurants have special offers. Among the free events are tours of the soon-to-open UC Theatre, film demonstrations on the new BAMPFA’s outdoor screen, bluegrass and country jam at the Freight & Salvage, free workshops at the Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre, a jazz trio concert at the California Jazz Conservatory, and free use of the pool and gym (as well as some free yoga classes) at the Y. Among the restaurant specials are a free salad bar at Sandwich Spot, a free 4 oz taster with every full pint purchase at Jupiter, and 10% off at Phil’s Sliders.There’s also an Instagram contest for the best #MeetMeDowntownBerkeley photos (iPad Mini to the winner) and a draw for an “extravaganza weekend for two.” Full details of the day and the offers on the Meet Me Downtown Day site. Meet Me Downtown runs from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. Start at the Welcome Kiosk at the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza. (more…)