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East Bay BRT Hits Snag at Lake Merritt

Courtesy Flickr member in2jazz. The Berkeley Daily Planet mentioned last week a problem point in the planning of the proposed East Bay bus rapid transit route, which would run from Berkeley to San Leandro via Telegraph Avenue, downtown Oakland, and East 14th Street. The issue concerns the new street replacing the expressway around Lake Merritt, … Continue reading

A Fight Over the Secret Garden

The Oakland Tribune reports today about a public scoping meeting that will take place at Oakland City Hall, tonight at the 6:00 pm Planning Commission meeting. The goal of the meeting is to receive public commentary about a project in planning, a new tower at 222 19th Street known as Emerald Views. Soaring to 457 … Continue reading

Berkeley NIMBY Ordinance Holds the Elmwood District Hostage

Bolfing’s Elmwood Hardware, the famous hardware store which opened in 1923 and has since come to be a key fixture of the Elmwood District in South Berkeley, is in danger of closing its doors — and this only months after Telegraph Avenue lost Cody’s Books, a venerable Berkeley institution of 50 years. Why is Elmwood … Continue reading

Making the Case for Great Height

It looks like the SF Bay Guardian is once more whining about building tall buildings. Their analysis is, in general, extremely unnuanced, and usually follows this formula: if it’s tall, it’s bad. This time, their claim is that the new Transbay Tower is the “devil’s bargain.” Their post actually does not even give the usual … Continue reading


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