They’re calling it the “Manhattanization” of Berkeley, Calif., San Francisco’s rougher, hipper sibling across the Bay. Berkeley voters want to take the city’s downtown up instead of out, approving a plan that allows five new tall buildings within a block of the local BART station, one of which must be a hotel and two of which must be residential structures. For a downtown that’s 20 years old, this is some much-needed revitalization. One interesting note: real estate mogul and chief of Equity Residential Sam Zell made a hefty contribution to the passage of the measure, which indicates that the Chicago-based firm has its eyes on the college town.

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