Golden Gate Fields with a glimpse of Albany in the distance
Golden Gate Fields with a glimpse of Albany in the distance

Neighboring Albany is engaged in a comprehensive public process to look at the future of its waterfront, called Voices to Vision. Next Tuesday night, the program is looking for the views of non-Albany residents. Since the Eastshore State Park runs through Berkeley and Albany, and part of the land on which the troubled Golden Gate Fields sits is part of Berkeley, Berkeley residents should be interested in expressing their views.

There’s an excellent summary of the history of the debate over the Albany waterfront on the Voices to Visions website. The tension between those who want to preserve open space and those who favor development — of whatever scale — is still evident.

The public meeting for non-residents will be held on Tuesday, January 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Avenue. If you wish to attend, you should RSVP on the Voices to Vision site.

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...