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by Bryan Goebel
Re: Berkeley City Council to Discuss Downtown Development Plan This Week
The Planning Commission’s version of the plan allowed more highrises and removed many of the environmentally sound features from the DAPAC plan. For example:
- The DAPAC plan supports Bus Rapid Transit. The PC plan says the city should “consider” Bus Rapid Transit.
- The DAPC plan allows new housing without parking in downtown. The PC plan requires parking for all new housing downtown.
The PC is dominated by real-estate development interests, who have the usual retrograde realtor’s view of the issues. They are dubious about Bus Rapid Transit because they think that taking away lanes from automobiles would be bad for business. They want housing to have a parking requirement, even though that is contrary to the self-interest of developers, just because realtors have blind faith in the automobile.
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