Berkeley Neighborhoods Council
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Welcome To The 19th Edition of the Berkeley Neighborhoods Council eNews!
BNC's commitment is to present calm, accurate information about neighborhood related news. In the midst of all the development going up around us, what concerns us is this fundamental question — is the number and strength of our neighborhoods declining in the same way that our community is losing its diversity? That might be on the verge of happening as social media captures more and more of our time and attention.
In spite of what some people might think, a neighborhood is not just a bunch of discontented people who want no change. Certainly neighbors come together at times to oppose an incompatible large new project that will block out the sun, create lots of traffic, take up street parking, and have big, loud, drunken parties on roof decks. But neighborhoods are more than that, and that's what makes Berkeley an outstanding city in which to live.
A neighborhood is people of all ages who know and care about each other. Who are willing and prepared to help each other in good and bad times. A neighborhood prepares for disaster like an earthquake or wildfire, but it also gets together once in a while to share stories, food or music. It looks after the kids on the block, the elderly widows, and the guy down the block in a wheelchair. Sure many neighbors keep in touch through list serves like NextDoor, but while we communicate about this or that, it is the human touch, one to the other, that makes a neighborhood.
Online chat has a definite place and is needed, but it cannot, and will not ever replace a neighborhood and that sense of personal belonging and interaction that is so essential to our well-being. There is plenty of news in this issue about the events that are currently threatening neighborhoods throughout all of Berkeley. So talk about it as you will online, but also hold a meeting, a social, or a coffee that brings you together, to not only meet the new people on the block to share history and feelings, but also to discuss what response your neighborhood would like to make to the issues that affect Berkeley. We must work together to resolve how to meet the need for housing and growth, while at the same time protecting the reasons why we wanted to live in Berkeley in the first place.
To carry this out, each and every one of you must help in two ways:
Now, take a look at what's in the 19th Issue of our eNEWS:
The time has arrived to support David's faceoff with Goliath!
Happy Reading! But before you go….