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Thursday, September 16, 2010

New 2010 Downtown Area Plan

"City Council has provided direction for a new 2010 Downtown Area Plan (DAP)..."
The Planning Commission had come up with new and additional changes to the original plan and presented it to the council. July 13 marked the meeting in which City Council voted 7-2 to put the Plan on the November ballot as "Measure R".

The details can be found here, but by the books of Streets Alive! it looks like a YES for us.
The Plan is to make Berkeley one of the greenest cities in the United States.

Hopefully our painted boxes, can correlate with this "greening" of Berkeley. We're putting forth a vision of moving forward into a sustainable way of life. The artful utility boxes, will bring sustainability to life in an inspiring visual way, with art that speaks about the natural world, working with it rather than against it, preservation, and adopting environmentally sensitive practices. All this conveyed in some art that covers utility boxes? Yes! This is the power of art, and public art at that!

Here's Info on the Downtown Area Plan:

You Help Decide, Which One Would You Rather See?

Emeryville's Utility Boxes.

If you've biked, walked, bussed, or driven through Emeryville you've more than likely noticed the bright yellow utility boxes with a "pedestrian" figure in unusual acts or formation. This collection stands out and makes a statement, and whether you love them or hate them, you notice them and they make you think!
This is what public art is for - changing the public's point of view. Art on the streets adds color, beauty, and sometimes laughs, questions, and inspiration.
I love these yellow boxes, and am definitely inspired by them. Their existence on the streets and on utility boxes inspired the entire Street's Alive team, and our own 60 Boxes Project. If Emeryville has wonderful and artful utility boxes, then why can't Berkeley?

Here's a link to the article, which describes the artist and his thought process:

Peace Out!

-Laura Mychal
Intern at Large