Our Platform

Our vision for North Berkeley BART

Maximize homes for all!

  • Build more than the BART TOD minimum of 75 units/acre. Having 1,000 homes* should be on the table

  • Well-designed density will enhance the neighborhood

  • Density enables vibrant street life and increased bus frequency

  • We don't want a 100% market rate development (and that won't happen anyway per the MOU), but some market rate units will help pay for things we want like a nice greenway and lots of affordable homes

Ensure equitable development

  • Maximized the number of affordable units to very low income and low income people.

  • A variety of sizes in apartment homes: studios as well as family-sized units

  • Market rate units will not only help pay for more affordable ones, but there are many kinds of people who cannot take advantage of subsidized housing: first responders, students, some people with disabilities, undocumented residents.

  • We think the number of affordable units is more important than the percentage. Climate change, homelessness, and housing affordability are urgent issues and we can't wait 10-20 years for funding to be found for a large amount of subsidized housing.

Create safe routes for kids, people with disabilities, pedestrians, and cyclists

  • More parking = more cars. Reduce local traffic by not replacing all parking spaces

  • Prioritize connections for commuters arriving on foot, transit, or by bike

  • Complete streets on Sacramento, while already in progress, will ease the way for more non-drivers to get to the station

  • Drivers with disabled placards should have parking priority (with some spaces for carpools and electric vehicles as well)

Foster meaningful public space

  • Prioritize the Ohlone Greenway as the most important route going through the project, by creating a diagonal connection from Sacramento & Delaware to Acton & Virginia

  • Make a pedestrian-oriented space/plaza with a relationship to the BART entrance, which both commuters and locals can use and enjoy

  • If there is non-residential space, provide a variety of sizes in commercial spaces, so mom & pop stores can afford to rent, as well as chains and non-profits

*- When we refer to "homes" we mean individual units in apartment buildings or townhouses, not single family homes.