Heike Larson 
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Re: “Emeryville Is Finally Rethinking Development

I'm not sure I recognize the Emeryville I live in in this article. My family of four moved to Emeryville this year--precisely because it offers a more urban life-style than much of the near East Bay. My children can walk to school. We take the free Emery-Go-Round to BART. We bike everywhere--to grocery shop at Berkeley Bowl, to Bay Street to go to the movies or for an evening frozen yogurt run, to many local parks, or along the bike streets to other parts of the East Bay--and it's great that there are the free red bike pumps/bike tool installations all over town. I love all the restaurants we can walk to--and the greenbelt path that my children can scooter on. I go on regular runs--feeling much safer on the streets here than I did while living in Oakland, and encountering many other runners in the early mornings or evenings.

It is certainly true that there are traffic nightmares on the highways surrounding Emeryville--but within the city itself, even when I do get in my car, I face very little traffic congestion (except for maybe 30 minutes at the very height of rush hour, and even that's not bad at all compared to many other East Bay cities).

I do wish that there were more three-bedroom townhouses available to rent or buy, as two bedrooms is not enough long-term as our children grow older--but maybe what's needed is families living here making it clear to the developers that we do want to buy/rent these larger units, rather than relying on the government to mandate them. I see tons of families with young children about town; most of them infants & toddlers. Maybe we just need to make sure the developpers see this--and realize there is viable market here for three-bedroom units!

LePort Montessori is opening a big preschool this fall in Emeryville, at 63rd Street and Hollis--and I bet many of the families who live in Emeryville and go to this neighborhood school would be interested in larger footprint condos, townhouses and apartments, if developers built them!

Posted by Heike Larson on 09/10/2015 at 3:38 PM

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