Oaks Theatre on Solano closes, future uncertain A cinema that opened in 1925 has gone dark just months after being taken over by new owners — leaving Berkeley with just one independently owned movie theater.
Willard Swimming Pool is now filled with mud Our images of the pool filled with dirt — after voters rejected Measure C last year and it was shut down  — provoked a flurry of comments.
What a refugee from Humboldt thinks about Berkeley John Osborn, recently arrived in our city, says he feels Berkeley has a community identity pulsing through all of its many neighborhoods; and he likes that.
June Taylor’s way with fruit: esoteric and steeped in history One of the country’s most respected artisan preserve makers, this Brit with scholarly leanings creates deliciousness in a light-filled kitchen in the industrial part of west Berkeley.
Berkeley looks for big solutions in very little houses At $100,000 a pop, small backyard cottages are seen as a way to create smart urban growth, preventing suburban sprawl.

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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...