May 1 marks the re-launching of a neighborhood — and a chance to celebrate lots of new happenings in the Lorin district, Berkeley’s lowest income, most economically depressed neighborhood, where over 30% of residents live below the poverty line.

The Adeline Street Merchants Association is setting up shop again. Soon to open is the Ed Roberts Campus, an international center for people with disabilities (rendered above — it doesn’t quite look like that yet, but it’s nearly there). Also on the cards: a new bookstore and a new Addie’s Pizza Pie restaurant.

To mark the event Youth Spirit Artworks is holding an unveiling for its city-funded youth art window banner exhibit “Visions of the Soul”, with 40 art banners covering vacant and under-beautified South Berkeley storefronts.

The unveiling will be held on Saturday May 1 from 12:30pm to 1pm and at 3308 Adeline Street, just south of the intersection of Adeline and Alcatraz Avenue, and will feature youth speakers, hip hop music, snacks and refreshments, merchants, Berkeley City Council Members Max Anderson and Darryl Moore, and City Economic Development Director Michael Caplan.

For more information contact: 510-282-0396 or visit Youth Spirits Artworks online.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...