These pictures were taken on my way down from Anza Lake, Tilden Regional park above Berkeley. Beautiful day and so hot, around 28 degrees C. I got sunburned everywhere, almost passed out on the way uphill so everyone have to wait for me, and well there, I had to lay in the shade for a hour before I just relaxed on the way down (walking down.. tricky bike).
Some of the houses was pretty special built too, with big windows, different rooms in different hills, very similare to a small Ecocity.
The view was also amazing, not easy to see in the dowtown Berkeley. There are some high houses in the center but the roofs are not open for public. More houses with open roofs should be something for Berkeley says Richard Register at Ecocity Builders, "so people could see the view here..". Cafees and restaurangs could have it, or just roofs where peope can relaxe? Roofs are almost always flat, but aren't used for other purpose than just.. a roof.
Richard Register had tried to do a lot of work in Berkeley but it hasn't work so well cause it's too hard; landowners or owners of restaurants don't want to rebuild the area. When the plans for the Strawberry creek (Center street, Berkeley) was questioned around the street, some of the owners were really angry and thought they would miss customers if the street (read a street for cars) could't leave people outside the restaurant (same argument all over the world, right..).
Yesterday at the meeting in the Ecocity Builders organisation we talked about how a city looks mostly. They talk about the "Smart Code". Dense city center, lower surroundings, even lower and more nature and so on, until we reach "pure nature". But why even have all this zones? This is why the society look as it does. It has to be rebuilt. Built directly from densed to "pure nature".