An aerial view of the Albany Bulb. Photo: CLUI
An aerial view of the Albany Bulb. Photo: CLUI

The City of Berkeley made the right decision, back in the early ’60s, when it planned its waterfront for mixed-use development, says naval architect Paul Kamen.

Now Albany is considering the future of its own waterfront, and one proposal on the table is to keep it as open space, parkland and protected habitat, with no commercial, recreational or maritime facilities.

That would be a huge mistake, argues Kamen in an op-ed published by Berkeleyside in its Opinionator section, in which he offers a detailed comparison of the two waterfront areas and outlines the key questions that need to be addressed.  

Kamen runs the website for CDAWGS — Coalition for Diverse Activities on Water, Grass and Sand.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the Comments section on the op-ed.

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