Berkeley is funneling city moneys into a new angle on cleaning up and revitalizing storied local boulevards Telegraph and Shattuck. In addition to new benches, zoning, sidewalk cleanings and beat cops, the city's "street host" program provides for citizen patrols to direct tourists and visiting Cal parents, quell rowdy behavior before it becomes explicitly illegal behavior and "keep tabs" on the homeless. The program will cost $200,000 in its first year, and is almost entirely funded by a 25-cent parking meter increase. It's like The Mayor Newsom's homeless meters taken to a rather logical conclusion! Hey, just imagine what San Francisco streets could look like if we didn't have to fund Doyle Drive with our parking quarters...
· Hosts work Berkeley streets, making rapport [SF Gate]
· For Reals: Gav's Homeless Meters Coming Soon [Curbed SF]