Economic development the neighborhood deserves

BERKELEYSIDE — A group of neighbors has formed South Berkeley Now! to promote transit-oriented, low-income and service-enriched housing in the neighborhood along Adeline Street in South Berkeley.

About 50 years ago, BART demolished a part of south Berkeley, installed a six-acre parking lot and a six-lane road that cuts through the heart of our neighborhood.  With fast moving cars spewing pollutants, pedestrians are at risk daily. Thankfully, folks like Mable Howard fought to put the BART underground and the Lorin commercial district was largely saved. However, the hole in the center of our neighborhood remains. We see Lorin District businesses continue to struggle to stay open. Fast-rising rents displace our neighbors with many living on the streets. Meanwhile, the climate crisis demands we act locally to create compact cities and reduce our reliance on cars.

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