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Posted inOpinion

Op-ed: Berkeley has a parking addiction

A host of regulations around off-street and on-street parking surround the development of new housing and the associated public discourse in Berkeley. Per Section 23E.28.140 of the Berkeley Municipal Code, any new development which reduces the amount of off-street parking must be guaranteed to not substantially reduce available on-street parking in its vicinity and satisfy […]

Posted inCity

Automated license plate readers will help parking availability but some express concern about privacy issues

New parking meters with credit card payment options are part of the goBerkeley program. Photo: Steer Davies Gleave/goBerkeley Berkeley has launched a program to use a controversial technology that automatically reads license plates on cars to optimize and enforce parking, part of a larger effort to encourage more Berkeley residents not to drive. The program, […]

Posted inHousing & Development

Critics question impacts of ‘Spenger’s parking lot’ project on Berkeley Fourth Street, Ohlone heritage

A rendering of what 1900 Fourth St. may one day look like. Image: TCA Architects Berkeley community and zoning board members had a chance Thursday to weigh in on what the environmental impact report for a large mixed-use project planned for 1900 Fourth St. should focus on. The “Spenger’s parking lot” project has been in the […]

Posted inCommunity

Berkeley wins $1M parking grant to fix ‘2-hour shuffle’

Berkeley is looking to improve the “parking experience” in residential neighborhoods. Photo: Chris Makarsky Berkeley is looking to improve the “parking experience” in residential neighborhoods. Photo: Chris Makarsky A Berkeley plan to improve residential parking woes won a $1 million grant this week from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to help the city continue its goBerkeley pilot program for […]

Posted inHousing & Development, Schools

Construction to begin on 8-story building in downtown

Berkeley Way West as it will be seen from Shattuck Avenue. Photo: WRNS Studio/UC Berkeley By Yasmin Anwar/Berkeley News Construction is scheduled to begin this month on an 8-story complex in downtown Berkeley to house the campus’ Graduate School of Education, School of Public Health and the Department of Psychology. The 320,000-square-foot building at Berkeley Way and […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Berkeley plans ‘very efficient garage that people will be happy to come to’

Designs are coming along for an updated Center Street garage. Image: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects As plans proceed for an updated municipal garage on downtown Berkeley’s Center Street, project details are firming up, and the plan for where people can expect to park while construction is underway has been released. The city is planning to demolish its […]

Posted inCity

City looks to continue goBerkeley parking program

A goBerkeley parking meter. City staff are recommending continuing the program, which targets high-use parking areas and uses demand pricing to encourage transit use, biking, and walking. Photo: Steer Davies Gleave/goBerkeley City Manager Christine Daniel has asked the Berkeley City Council to continue the goBerkeley parking program, which adjusts rates in high-demand commercial neighborhoods, for six more […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

ZAB to downtown garage developer: Step up your game

A rendering of the upgraded Center Street garage. The Zoning Adjustments Board was critical of the plan, saying it was not ambitious enough. Image: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects Berkeley zoning board members told the developer of the Center Street garage overhaul at a project preview session last week that they want him to go above and beyond the submitted plans […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety

Open house displays plans for Shattuck Square facelift

The intersection of Shattuck and University avenues is the second most dangerous intersection in Berkeley for pedestrian collisions and near-misses. The city hopes to change that with the Shattuck reconfiguration project. Image: Google Maps Berkeley residents got their first look at the city’s plan to redesign traffic patterns around Shattuck Square on Tuesday night at an […]