Measure R Would be Bad News for the Environment

Measure R would increase greenhouse gases and block transit-oriented housing. The City’s impact report on the initiative found that the measure would make buildings over 60 feet tall financially infeasible, thus eliminating an estimated 1,300 units in Downtown housing capacity near the Downtown BART station and major bus lines.
By dispersing population and increasing auto-caused pollution, Measure R would undermine Berkeley’s critical climate action strategy of increasing housing density near major transit hubs. This displacement  translates into 225 million pounds of carbon emissions over 15 years, according to the Environmental Impact Report on the City’s Downtown Area Plan .
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