Re: [carfree_cities] "Brower legacy a green [sic] parking garage?"
- =v= I've read a bit more about this issue and I have a bit more
to say. The story I provided a link to was posted by Jan
Lundburg, its author, on this web page, with additional material
The Brower Center is a wonderful idea, except for the parking
garage. The Union of Concerned Scientists have tallied up
sources of environmental damage for years, and cars consistently
take the top spot. It is well past time for the environmental
movement to start being way more proactive about this issue
than it is. A parking garage and building it out so that the
sidewalk is at the minimum width possible by law are not at
all compatible with creating "the greenest building in the
=v= The Brower Center website does tout the site's proximity to
transit and pedestrians:
My feeling is that it should therefore fit in with this sort of
urban ecosystem by eliminating as many cars as possible, which
means eliminating parking. (It's well-known amongst urban
planners: you don't reduce cars until you reduce accommodations
=v= Lundberg mentions Strawberry Creek, but not quite enough.
Creek habitat is Berkeley's native ecosystem, and creek
restoration figures prominently in the various visions for
greening Berkeley. See Richard Register's work in particular.
I find it *horrible* that a planned "greenest building in the
Bay Area" would *prevent* that, and even more horrible that
the rationale is cars. Trees Not Cars is the way to go, but
what we're seeing here is Cars Not Trees (nor marshes, frogs,
=v= Otherwise, I applaud the building and project and think
it's a wonderful thing. As a longtime supporter of the Earth
Island Institute, of Alice Waters and her contribution to the
locally-grown food movement, and of various Berkeley and Bay
Area environmental efforts that will be using this space, I
think the center is a wonderful idea. One that should not
be undermined by environmental enemy #1.
=v= David Brower was not the type to accept half-assed
environmental compromises. His legacy should not be built
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