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I agree with both Steven D and pixiedust. My family lives in Berkeley within walking distance of the proposed project and we are thrilled with the plan. It will truly do wonders for the stretch of San Pablo Ave from South Albany into North Berkeley, drawing new small businesses to serve the local population better. We already have some great ones -- Tokyo Fish Market, Meal Ticket, Zaki's, Sabuy Sabuy -- but there are too many empty storefronts intermixed. Albany, if you don't mess this up by caving to the disgruntled, sad-sack NIMBYs of your city, you will soon be enjoying more sales tax dollars from Berkeley residents like myself and my neighbors. Most urban/suburban neighborhoods would kill for a Whole Foods to go in -- the city of Albany needs to accept this good fortune and make the most of it.
The Beehive market absolutely serves the needs of the neighborhood! It is not in "West Berkeley," for one thing (a neighborhood which has some very economically challenged parts) -- it is east of San Pablo Ave., and is technically located in North Berkeley, very close to the upscale neighborhoods of Westbrae and Northbrae. The three times I've gone, I've noticed that my neighbors from those spots are the majority of the clientele. It's a great market that has grown nicely since inception. I agree with the posters who said that Beehive should focus more on fresh produce -- and those vendors have indeed increased. It's a fun, hip market -- what I'm beginning to think of as representing "new Berkeley."
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