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Posted inBusiness, Community, Housing & Development

Berkeley rental rates skyrocket, causing headaches for students and those on middle incomes

This is the second in a Berkeleyside series on housing. Read our first story on short term rentals. The heated economy has pushed Berkeley rental rates significantly higher this past year, a jump of anywhere from 10% to 30.9%, depending on which study you look at, forcing some students to double and triple up in mini-dorm-like […]

Posted inBusiness, Housing & Development

Is the tech boom putting pressure on Berkeley rents?

Artist Leigh Wells still hasn’t gotten accustomed to the constant noise from the trains that run right behind her West Berkeley live-work space. And she tries not to think about the toxic emissions from the neighboring steel manufacturing plant. In fact, if it weren’t for the affordable rent, and the close-knit artist community at the […]

Posted inHousing & Development, Schools

1,000 new apartments planned for downtown Berkeley

The view from the L-shaped deck off the penthouse apartment at 2055 Center St. is spectacular. One side looks west toward San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Another side offers a sweeping vista of Berkeley’s downtown and hills. For $6,300 a month, the amenities ought to be top-of-the-line, and at the recently opened Berkeley […]

Posted inBusiness, City, Housing & Development

Measure R: Future direction of Berkeley’s downtown?

There’s no issue more contentious on the November 2 ballot than Measure R, the advisory measure that establishes a new downtown plan. Measure R, placed on the ballot by the City Council after Berkeley residents collected enough signatures to force a previous downtown plan to a vote, sets new guidelines on growth and development in […]