Save the Golden Gate View from Campanile Way
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MEMBERS OF THE BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL
CHANCELLOR NICHOLAS DIRKS
Please act to save the treasured view of the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay down Campanile Way on the UC Berkeley campus for future generations. A private contractor wants to build an eyesore-worthy 18 story building that would obstruct the view of the Golden Gate Bridge from Campanile Way. Before one makes the argument that we need "affordable" housing in Berkeley, these proposed condos are going to cos occupants nearly one million dollars. I don't know about you, but this isn't my definition of "affordable" housing. The building will pluck the gorgeous and inspiring view from the eyes of young college students, and instead, benefit only those who can afford to live in the proposed 18-story building. The campus view of the Golden Gate inspired the name "Berkeley" and has been cherished by generations of students, visitors, and community members. It is painful to think that the year of the Campanile's Centennial might be the last year that anyone can walk down Campanile Way and see an unobstructed view without tall new buildings in the way. Substantial development can occur in Downtown Berkeley without obstructing and privatizing this irreplaceable public view.
I was inspired to come to UC Berkeley when I stood on the steps of the Campanile plaza and witnessed this breath-taking view. Will future students, destined to be the next Nobel Laureate or the next stellar Cal student athlete, still come to this institution of higher learning, if it is devoid of one of the most inspiring points on campus?
Substantial development can occur in Downtown Berkeley without obstructing and privatizing this irreplaceable public view.
Our Petition in the News:
CBS KPIX News Story INCLUDING HIGH RISE IMAGES: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/11448031-uc-berkeley-students-up-in-arms-over-plan-to-block-campus-bay-view/
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