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Berkeley's Changing Downtown

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"This plan is not perfect, but it's so much closer than we've ever been able to get," said Polly Armstrong, co-CEO of Chamber of Commerce, and a former council member. And with that we learn that a Downtown Area Plan for Berkeley, which has taken seven years to finalize, is likely to pass. The plan includes up to seven tall buildings, open space and green building requirements, and a "green pathway" to streamline the permit process, Berkeleyside reports. Interested in checking the plan out? Click here, but be forewarned: it's a 1,204-page, 173MB PDF. [Berkeleyside]