It looks like Berkeley is getting the message about a new paradigm (for Berekeley) for downtown development. This is something that Palo Alto might consider, as a way to promote future fiscal sustainability, and in order to avoid becoming an also-ran over the next few decades. We are not insulated from becoming insignificant, relative to our Peninsula neighbors. We shouldn't be taking our current good fortune for granted.
Let's bring some new office and hotel development - either to downtown, or to small pockets identified to be able to handle exceptions to the current height limitations.
When we add this to scaled increases in housing (including sufficient BMR housing, hopefully created by nurturing developers who are as interested in profit as they are social responsibility) over the next few decades, along with (hopefully) aggressive efforts on the part of policy makers to *insist* on orders-of-magnitude better mass transit (and lead citizens in that direction).
from the article:
"In a few years, downtown Berkeley could look a bit more like downtown San Francisco under a makeover plan to be considered Tuesday by the City Council - a bustling urban center thick with hotels, office high-rises, theaters and museums, but low on parking and sunlight."