building erection 2If at first you don’t succeed, circulate a petition. Or so seems to be the plan of those put off by the thought of a higher, denser Downtown. The city council’s recent decision to OK the construction of 100 and some 200 feet towers will be suspended and then revised or put on a public ballot if the Alliance for a Green and Livable Downtown manages to round up 5,558 signatures by August 20. Before you put your ‘X’ on anything, take a peek at what both sides are saying:

Nay: The plan does not support affordable housing. Many of the residences will reach the $900,000 – $1 million range (slightly beyond the means of even a Clog salary.)

Yae: Not so! Each of the million dollar units will contribute $200,000 to the Housing Trust Fund, which cushions home prices for low-income residents.

Nay: Big buildings take a hefty toll on the environment. They will increase greenhouse gas emissions, and nobody wants that.

Yae: True, but the plan would also allow people to live closer to where they work, decreasing the amount of vehicle emissions. According to the plan’s official-sounding Environmental Impact Report, the 700 new units would actually save 120 million pounds of greenhouse gasses in 15 years.

And if it makes any difference to you, ours truly (UC Berkeley) has its hands on two on-campus 100 footers ….

Image Source: unforth under Creative Commons.
Downtown Area Plan Faces Possible Suspension [Daily Cal]



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