The vintage, preferably orange, Volvo station wagon: the car that epitomizes Berkeley, according to our readers

What’s the “most Berkeley” car? A total of 379 readers voted for the car they felt most embodied Berkeley. The ubiquitous Prius was a strong second runner, but a vintage Volvo station wagon, preferably orange, won the day. Our playful dip into pop sociology prompted a number of trips down memory lane
The most expensive house in Berkeley ever? On sale for a cool $9,500,000, this contemporary beauty perched high in the hills is twice as expensive as the second most expensive home currently on the market in Berkeley.
Will a tax on vacant storefronts improve business in Berkeley? On Tuesday, the City Council voted to consider establishing vacancy fees on empty retail property. Many of you had something to say about the idea.
Alert Berkeley neighbors help in arrest of burglar A number of residents were instrumental in the identification and arrest of a burglar who broke into a home near North Berkeley BART on Wednesday afternoon.
Alta Bates employees take part in nation’s biggest nurses’ strike As hundreds of nurses demonstrated on Thursday, Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, told Berkeleyside. “Too big to fail applies to more than banks. These nurses decided to stand up to corporate bullies and say, ‘Enough is enough.’”

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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...