2211 Harold Way is one of several tall building proposals in the pipeline that must offer "significant community benefits" under the Downtown Area Plan. Image: MVEI Architecture and Planning
2211 Harold Way is one of several tall building proposals in the pipeline for Downtown Berkeley. Image: MVEI Architecture and Planning

The 2211 Harold Way development comes before the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Thursday evening. The project, which would be the first new tall building allowed under the voter-approved Downtown Area Plan, has been wending through numerous committees, hearings and City Council meetings.

Read more about the Harold Way plans in past Berkeleyside coverage.

In an Opinionator piece on Berkeleyside, James Shinn argues that the 18-story multi-use project, if completed as currently proposed, “will forever change the nature of our very unusual, human-scale city.”

Shinn calls to oppose tall buildings in Berkeley’s downtown, writing that the public has been deceived by what he refers to as “the high-rise meme” of city planners and developers.

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