At last night’s marathon City Council meeting (which ended well past midnight), Berkeley City council members voted 8 to 1 to approve the Strawberry Creek Plaza plan for Center Street (pictured above). The vote gives the go-ahead for money to be raised to implement the designs, which were commissioned from landscape designer Walter Hood.

“For the project’s long-range implementation, it’s a small victory but a key victory,” says Jane Wardani, development and project associate at Ecocity Builders, the nonprofit which, along with community group Citizens for Strawberry Creek Plaza and the city of Berkeley will now begin the process of applying for funding.

The other big-ticket item on the long agenda — discussion of the locally preferred alternative on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) — was deferred to April 20 because of the late hour.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. The whole BRT thing may get even more entertaining. One opponent at the council meeting last night proudly described himself to me as part of the “BRTea Party” and linked that to the no-on-health-care debate. “I don’t want the government telling me where I can’t drive,” he said.

    There are numerous rational opponents to BRT, but their own extremists may yet become their worst enemy.