What Would You Improve in Berkeley in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Berkeley, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Berkeley to make the city an even better places to live?

What is on your wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

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Joshua D. Wise December 29, 2012 at 05:57 AM
I have far too much information and explanation for my idea, but there's a tight limit. So I will just say it as shortly and without context or explanation as possible: I think Berkeley should work towards creating 'green corridors' that enable wildlife to pass through the city. I would particularly focus on linking the canyon with the bay. This idea would obviously take a lot of time and money. If done seriously could be a process over a decade or decades. But I believe as cities and roads cut off animal migrations and passages around the bay and state, a proactive effort should be made to reconnect some of it, in a fashion that neither requires creating new large swaths of protected area, nor inconveniencing people or ripping up large areas of a city. It could work in stages, first simply linking parks in a logical path from one end to another, and eventually guiding streets over the corridor rather than cutting it off. Ideally eventually creating a path that could be traveled without ever crossing a street, while not blocking roads either.
1776peace December 29, 2012 at 06:39 PM
1. Force Landlords (commercial and residential) and small private schools to retrofit their buildings. There is no excuse..there are plenty incentives and tax write offs. To many properties in Berkeley are now owned by LLC's and other private investment groups. 2. Voluntarily Lower rents both commercial and residential since landlords are not keeping up properties-- they cash cows on the backs of people trying to provide jobs or trying to house themselves. 3. Raise funds from UC Berkeley for their use of city services. 4. Find a way to provide housing - affordable housing-- for resident families and seniors. 5. Create a small and midsize business economic enterprise zone for areas of the City that are underutilized.Too many vacant properties being held in speculation creates dead zones. 6. Many abandoned houses in Berkeley - should be condemned as hazards and auctioned off by the City
Jenny at Berkeley Schools Report December 30, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Make sure that all schools in Berkeley are seismically retrofitted.
swan December 30, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Great idea!
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