News in Brief: Path for Pedestrians, Bicycles in the Works



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The City Council approved last night a recommendation to create a pedestrian and bicycle path between Strawberry Creek Park and Delaware Street.

The path will be located on the Sante Fe Right-Of-Way, a strip of abandoned land in central Berkeley.

Berkeley City Councilmember Linda Maio made recommendations to the proposal that included the installation of a gate and Berkeley police supervision of the path if it is constructed.

The gate, which would be locked at night, would be installed to prevent crime problems such as drug dealing and public drinking.

"(The resolution's adoption) is pretty exciting," Maio said. "The Right-Of-Way is pretty much a wasteland right now."

The proposed path would connect with a path on the north part of Berkeley Montessori School. The resolution calls for negotiations to begin between the city and the school for access to the path.

The city would use $1 million granted by the Housing Incentive Program to build a mid-block pedestrian-activated stop light on University Avenue that would link the path to the trail. The incentive program's conditions require the school to approve public use of the trail.

The path, if created, would eventually extend to Lincoln Street.

Mike Meyers

Former Prof Studied Economy of Egypt

Former UC Berkeley economics and Middle Eastern studies Professor Bent Hansen died April 15 of gastric hemorrhaging.

A professor emeritus of economics, Hansen solidified the significance of macroeconomics and microeconomics in Third-World countries. His work was used in creating economic models in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Thailand and many other developing countries.

Hansen's numerous published works include theories of interest rates, foreign trade and exchange, and development. He co-authored a book about Egypt's economy, which focused on exchange rate regimes and the success of specific industries in Egypt.

He also consulted with numerous agencies and governments from around the world, including Morocco, Denmark and Syria.

The professor emeritus earned his degrees at universities in Denmark and Sweden and later advised the Institute of Planning in Cairo before teaching at UC Berkeley.

Hansen had been suffering from several health problems since 1999 after breaking his hip. He died in Alexandria, Egypt, where he lived the last four years of his life.

Hansen's family is planning to have a memorial in his honor on campus this August.

Professor Helped Define Coastal Engineering

UC Berkeley civil and environmental engineering Professor Emeritus Joe W. Johnson died April 11 at the age of 93.

Johnson's history with the university goes back to the late 1920s, when he was a student and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering.

In 1942 Johnson returned to UC Berkeley as a faculty member and came to develop his 33-year tenured career, during which he helped to identify coastal engineering as a separate discipline within the field of civil engineering.

Johnson also consulted with state, federal and international officials regarding shoreline and harbor problems in different areas of the world throughout his professional career.

Among his many accomplishments, Johnson was an honorary member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and served as secretary for the Coastal Engineering Researching Council, editing major international publications on coastal engineering.

Johnson's family said they want contributions to be made to academic institutions to honor him, so the California Shore and Beach Preservation has created an annual award in coastal engineering in his honor.

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