At last night’s marathon City Council meeting (which ended well past midnight), Berkeley City council members voted 8 to 1 to approve the Strawberry Creek Plaza plan for Center Street (pictured above). The vote gives the go-ahead for money to be raised to implement the designs, which were commissioned from landscape designer Walter Hood.

“For the project’s long-range implementation, it’s a small victory but a key victory,” says Jane Wardani, development and project associate at Ecocity Builders, the nonprofit which, along with community group Citizens for Strawberry Creek Plaza and the city of Berkeley will now begin the process of applying for funding.

The other big-ticket item on the long agenda — discussion of the locally preferred alternative on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) — was deferred to April 20 because of the late hour.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...