"Patience, Persisitence, And a Thick Skin"

SA+P MIT School of Architecture + Planning | October 26, 2008

Patrick Kennedy (MSRED’85) is a real estate developer in Berkeley, California, a place whose citizens were once described by the Wall Street Journal as ‘…torn between a desire to overthrow the US government and a quest for the perfect croissant’.
Upon moving to Berkeley in 1988, Kennedy found an ailing downtown with empty storefronts, panhandlers and no new rental housing by a private developer since World War II. He set out to ‘decriminalize housing development’ and began what was initially a single-handed effort to develop mixed-use infill housing in Central Berkeley.