Mark Rhoades, AICP 
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Re: “Union Drive Under Way at New Berkeley Bowl

Berkeley Bowl is nothing like Whole Foods. Get a grip and don't overgeneralize. For the price of one bag of groceries at Whole Foods you will fill your trunk at Berkeley Bowl. As to the unions, I will let the workers figure that one out for themselves

Posted by Mark Rhoades, AICP on 10/21/2009 at 3:53 PM

Re: “You're Not an Environmentalist If You're Also a NIMBY

There are no built out cities. None. It is not reality to think that places like Oakland and Berkeley can get along by adding small incremental new development opportunities. Berkeley only built 145 net new units of housing between 1970 and 1995. Our current housing and environmental crises are direct results of these sorts of inactions. Between 1997 and 2007 Berkeley built 1,200 new housing units and that has barely scratched the surface of meeting the City's overwhelming environmental and social justice needs for that ten year time frame. Berkeley still has 25 years of inaction to make up.

Corridors like San Pablo and Telegraph must be places where significant new housing growth occurs. In fact, most of Berkeley's new housing development has occurred along the corridors and NOT in the downtown core. However, downtowns should provide the most significant opportunities from a yield perspective. There are services and transit opportunities that are investments in public infrastructure. To not take greater advantage of them misues public funds. And by the way, both downtowns will benefit handsomely.

I was the City Planning Manager in Berkeley for the ten year period that Berkeley did build some new housing. We need to do a lot more. City planning and development are not separate disembodied disciplines - their goals are inextricably linked and the governing bodies who oversee both are keenly aware of this. We all want to make our cities better places to live for more people. Where will our children live? I left the city two years ago in order to be more directly effective in the ongoing housing debates. I am now an infill, green, and affordable housing developer trying to make a difference where it is most needed - our existing urban areas.

Posted by Mark Rhoades, AICP on 07/01/2009 at 11:54 AM

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